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VOL. 33 JANUARY, 1986 NO. 1 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." i Peter 2:11 


Day by day and with each passing moment, 
Strength I find to meet my trials here; 
Trusting in my Father T s wise bestowment, 
I T ve no cause for worry or for fear. 
He whose heart is kind beyond all measure 
Gives unto each day what He deems best — 
Lovingly, its part' of pain and pleasure, 
Mingling toil with peace and rest. 

Every day the Lord Himself is near me 

With a special mercy for each hour; 

All my cares He fain would bear and cheer me, 

He whose name is Counsellor and Power. 

The protection of His child and treasure 

Is a charge that on Himself He laid; 

rr As thy days, thy strength shall be in measure' 1 

This the pledge to me He made. 

Help me then in every tribulation 

So to trust Thy promises, Lord, 

That I lose not faith 1 s sweet consolation 

Offered me within Thy holy word. 

Help me Lord, wh6n toil and trouble meeting, 

E f er to take j as from a father's hand, 

One by one, the days, the moments fleeting, 

'Til I reach the promised land. 

— Lina Sandell 

Tr. by A.. L. Skoog 

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It is not given to man to know his future* In God's 
wisdom He has denied this, and so we must conclude 
that it is not necessary. But we look ahead and some- 
times think how thrilling it would be to know what is 
coming, 1986 stretches before us like unmarked sand 
on a beach. As we look back we see a well-traveled 
road j as all have passed through another year. 

The prophets were given revelations regarding the 
future. How well they understood it, we do not know. 
But they spoke of events ahead and gave the people 
warnings accordingly. In Revelation (6:1 and repeat- 1 
edly) John says " And I saw,.. and I heard..," He must 
have been given vision after vision regarding future 
events in heaven and on earth. . Men are still trying 
to understand all that God showed John on Patmos. 

With our children, we feel it is unnecessary to 
share our plans with them until they are old enough to 
understand.. As they are able to comprehend and appre- 
ciate it, we show them our goals and our plans for 
future projects. The better they understand, the more 
we share with them and even ask their opinions. 

Perhaps with God this principle would also apply. 
The ones closest to Him in the past, the ones who under- 
stood Him best, were the ones to whomHe revealed the 
most. He called His special messengers "My servants 
the prophets," To them He revealed His plans for the 
future and intrusted His special messages. The pro- 
phets delivered them to the rest of the people. 

Jeremiah 9:24 says, "Thus saith the Lord, Let not 
the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the 
mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man 
glory in his riches; But let him that glorieth glory 
in this, that he under standeth and knoweth me, that I 
am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, 
and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things 
I delight, saith the Lord," This message from God 


through Jeremiah certainly tells us that the important 
thing in God's sight is neither our wisdom, our might, 
nor our riches, but our understanding and knowledge of 
God* He wants us to know Him as exercising lovingkind- 
ness, judgment, and righteousness ♦ 

Have you ever had someone scoff at your plans or 
say you didn't know what you v/ere talking about? It 
happens over and over, but occasionally the one who Is 
ridiculed knows more than his scoffers, Galileo, in 
the early l600's, was such a man. Hearing about a 
chance discovery of a telescope in Holland, he worked- 
out the formulas for magnification with lenses and 
built a telescope himself. He was amazed at what he 
discovered. Everyone thought the earth was the center 
of the universe and that all heavenly bodies revolved 
around It. Galileo discovered that the earth and 
planets revolved around the sun. Try as he might, he 
could not convicce the people of his time, and he was 
jailed and forced to deny the truth of his teachings 
and writings. He died, broken and disillusioned, and 
only later was the truth of his findings proven. His 
close friends believed him because they knew his 
character of honesty and his fine mind. It was those 
who had no knowledge of his subject, even the hierarchy 
of Rome, who condemned him. 

With God we must know Him, trust His holy character, 
bow before His supreme intelligence and power, or else 
we will find ourselves not believing Him or His Holy 

The prophet Amos wrote (3:7), "Surely the Lord God 
will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his 
servants the prophets. " God does reveal the future to 
men! The better we .know Him, the more we will under- 
stand of His revealed will by the prophets in His Word. 

We may not know all that will happen in 19S6. Hit 
God has assured us of results according to the desires 
and intentions of our hearts. He says, » "". . .Whatsoever a 
man soweth, that shall he also reap." (Gal. 6:7) And 
verse 9 tells us. n And let us not be weary in well 
doing: for in due season we shall reap, If we faint 


-not." Read the beatitudes of Jesus in Matthew 5. He 
promises us that if we are merciful (in 1986l) we shall 
obtain mercy; if we mourn, we shall be comforted; if 
we are pure in heart, we shall see God, etc. 

And. so it Is not entirely true that man does not 
know his future as in our opening paragraph. We know 
much about God and about His plans. Study them care- 
fully in His Word. May this be a resolution for this 
year , to study to know Him better. I John 5:20 reads, 
"And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath 
given us an understanding, that we may know him that 
is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the 
true God, and eternal life. 11 . We may not know all that 
God will do in this coming year, but we know He does 
all things well and x^e, as children only partly com- 
prehending His plans, can trust Him completely. 

— L.C. 


"For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath 
appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungod- 
liness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, 
righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking 
for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of 
the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ. 11 
(Titus 2:11-13) 

In the beginning of Christ's ministry He said, "The 
time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: 
repent ye, and believe the gospel." 

Man was evidently created as an eternal being before 
death entered. But when man sinned, he fell. God did 
not want man to always live in this state. His love 
intervened. Man was driven from the garden, kept from 
the tree of life and made subject to time which has an 
end. Man again failed In disobeying God's covenant of 
law. But again God T s love intervened. And Jesus came 
proclaimimg that the time was fulfilled. God suspended 
His judgment and put an extension on time, which is 
called God's grace. Grace is God 1 3 love in action. 


Creation today is alive because of God's grace. 
The purpose of God's grace is to restore man, and 
bring him back in God's favor and fellowship. In this 
time of grace God has revealed Himself more clearly 
than ever before, as He has become flesh and dwelt 
among us. He made atonement for sin, made a way that 
our sins might be forgiven, destroyed the power of 
death, and overcame evil with good. He gave us His 
Holy Spirit and revealed to us the way to eternal life. 
With many other infallible proofs he has left us with- 
out excuse to not know Him. 

The grace of God or His mercy and extension of time, 
is a precious gift of God, because it is in this- that 
we can learn to know God. Only when we avail ourselves 
of the purpose of God's grace will it save us. There 
is no magic in God's grace; it will not save us just 
because we know about it. So we can say with the 
apostle Paul, n We are saved by grace," because in this 
we learned to know Him. 

As we look forward to another year (an extension of 
God's grace) may it be spent for the purpose for which 
it is given, that above all else we might learn to 
know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the 
fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable 
unto His death. 

Help us, oh Lord, that we might not receive the 
grace of God in vaint _ Ken neth Martin 

Nappanee , Indiana 


Faith is a subject of vital importance, a matter of 
life or death, for "without faith it is impossible to 
please him: for he that cometh to God must believe 
that he is, and that he is a re warder of them that 
diligently seek (to search out, Investigate, crave, 
demand, worship, seek after carefully) him." (Heb # - 11:6) 

When we come to the Saviour in true repentance and 
brokenness, and truly feel our need of higher power, 

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then God will bestow fruit and gifts according to His 
will,..* 1 As God hath dealt to every man the measure 
of faith ," (Rom, 12:3) "But the manifestation of the 
Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to 
one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to 
another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To 
another faith by the sajne Spirit, .."■ (I Cor. 12:7-97 

Matthew Henry describes faith: "A definition of the 
grace of faith in two parts. Xt is the substance of 
things hoped for. Faith and hope go together; and the 
same things that are the object of our hope are the 
object of our faith. It is a firm persuasion and ex- 
pectation that God will perform all that he has pro- 
mised to us in Christ, Believers in the exercise of 
faith are filled with joy unspeakable and full of glory. 
It is the evidence of things not seen. Faith demon- 
strates to the eye of the mind the reality of those 
things that cannot be discerned by the eye of the body. 
It is designed to serve the believer instead of sight , 
and to be to the soul all that the senses are to the 

I was surprised that the word faith is only found in 
the Old Testament two times (Duet 32:20 and Hab. 2:4) >. 
but 243 times in the New Testament, Because of the fall 
of our foreparents in the garden, death by sin entered 
into the world, and passed upon all men. Yet there 
were heroes of faith in the olden times, as founu xn 
Hebrews 11 such as Abraham, who believed God, and it 
was counted unto him for righteousness, n (Rom. 4:3) 
and David, who was a man after God*s own heart. Here 
are a few beautiful words of David: n I will love thee, 
Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, and my fort- 
ress, and my deliverer, my God, my strength, in whom I 
will trust, my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, 
and my high tower, 11 (Ps, 18:1-2) 

The promise of a Redeemer and Saviour was given at 
the fall. The law was added because of transgressions, 
till* the seed should come to whom the promise was made. 
(Gal. 3:19) "For we through the Spirit wait for the 
hope of righteousness by faith. For in Jesus Christ 


neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircum- 
cision, but faith which worketh by love ." (Gal. 5:5-6) 

The Lord wants fellowship and holiness from His 
people* But before Jesus came, most of His people had 
gotten into a religious system and failed to recognize 
their Saviour. I wonder how much different it is today 
in professing Christianity. Can we say with Paul: "I 
am crucified' with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not 
I, but Christ liveth inme>" or is self still on the 
throne of our lives? 

J^SUS, TPTC OBJECT OF OUR FAITH. "But when the ful- 
ness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made 
of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that 
were under the law, that we might receive the adoption 
of sons. And because ye are sons, God. hath sent forth 
the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, 
Father." (Gal. 4:4-6) "For God so loved the world, that 
he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth 
(trusts, clings to, relies on) in him should not perish, 
but have everlasting life." (John 3?l6) The Lord wants 
His children to come to Him with all their problems, 
with all their wants. There are many beautiful examples 
in the Gospels. 

"And (Jesus) spake a parable unto them that men 
ought always to pray, and not to faint," and then told 
of the widow that came to the judge, and said, "Avenge 
me of mine adversary." And after she troubled him with 
her continual coming he said "Lest she weary me I will 
avenge her." "And shall not God avenge his own elect, 
which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long 
with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speed- 
ily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall 
he find faith on the earth ?" (Luke 18:1-8) The Lord 
wants us to have faith in Him even when we can T t see. 
our way, and just rest in His wisdom and power. What 
a difference— -to worry or to trust! Thanks be to God 
for His unspeakable gift. What joy and peace is to be 
found by faith in our Lord Jesus Christ i 

What a blessing came to the woman that had the issue 
of blood twelve years, "And had suffered many things 


of many physicians and had spent all that she had, and 
was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse , When she 
had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and 
touched his garment. For she said, If I may touch but 
his clothes, I shall be whole . And straightway the 
fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her 
body that she was healed of that plague. And Jesus, 
immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out 
of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who 
touched my clothes? And his disciples said unto him, 
Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest 
thou, Who touched me? And he looked round about to see 
her that had done this thing. But the woman fearing 
and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and 
fell down before him, and told him all the truth. And 
he said unto her Daughter, thy faith hath made thee 
whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague. 11 
(Mark 5:25-34) 

How often do we by faith come humbly before our Lord, 
when we have needs saying, "If I may but touch Jesus, 
I shall receive help"? There's a chorus to a song that 
I like, which goes like this: 

"Jesus is here right nowj reach out and touch Him. 

Jesus is here right now; only believe. 
Jesus is here right now, ready your heart to cheer. 

Jesus is here right now; only believe." 

"And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men fol- 
lowed him, crying, and saying, Thou Son of David, hav& 
rnercy on us. And when he was come into the house, the 
blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Be - 
lieve ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, 
Yea, Lord, Then touched he their eyes, saying, Accord- 
ing to your faith be it unto you . And their eyes were 
opened,.." (Matt. 9:27-30) What do we believe Jesus 
can do? Jesus said, "According to your faith be it 
unto you." 

Jesus was hungry and, seeing a fig tree with leaves 
only, said, "No man eat fruit of thee hereafter forever." 
"And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the 
fig tree dried up from the r^otn. And Peter '^MnF 


to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig 
tree which thou cursedst is withered away. And Jesus 
answering saith unto them, Have faith in God , For ver- 
ily I say unto you, that whosoever shall say unto this 
mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the 
sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall be- 
lieve that those things which he saith shall come to 
pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I 
say unto you, What things soever ye desire; when ye 
pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have 
them ." (Mark 11:12-14 and 22-23) ~ ~~" ~ 

What a promise! Is not this Scripture here for a 
purpose? Yes, we believe the Lord did not speak idle 
words. Jesus said, "What things soever ye desire, when 
ye pray, believe that ye receive them and ye shall have 
them." But what do we desire? I wonder if this is not 
a key to the promise. If we follow the example of 
Jesus when He prayed, " Not my will but thine be done ," 
we will be on the right course. James tells of one. 
reason why men pray and receive not: "Ye ask, and re- 
ceive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume 
it upon your lusts." (James 4-3) I once stumbled onto 
a prayer list someone had written. On it were things 
like this: anew home, a new car, a swimming pool, a 
large bank account, etc. 

I fear we need to be careful to not follow the spirit 
of the world. Jesus is our example. He came to do the 
will of the Father, to seek and to save that which was 
lost. We see examples from the Lord, apostles, and 
earl? 7 " Church, of a suffering and persecuted body of 
believers which made remarks like this: "I count not 
my life dear unto me." "I count all things but dung 
that I may win Christ and be found in him..." Jesus 
said, "Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteous- 
ness." The things of the world should take second 
place in our hearts . The Lord wants us to come to Him 
in faith believing. Jesus and the apostles prayed much. 
Why? Because they were seeking their Heavenly Father r s 

Jesus said, "If ye abide in me, and my words abide 


in you , ye shall ask -what ye will, and it shall be done 
unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear 
much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples •" (John 15:7-8) 
Isn T t it a "thrill to- ask and receive? Jesus said> 
"Hitherto have .ye asked nothing in my name: ask and 
ye shall, receive that your .joy (happiness) may be full ." 
(John 16:24) 

James says,. "If any of you lack -wisdom, let him ask 
of God, that giveth to all men liberally , and upbraid- 
eth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in 
faith, nothing wavering (doubting)." (James 1:5-6/ 
This is plain talk, but do we have faith enough to 
practice it? 

Also James says, "Is any sick among you? let him call 
for the elders of the church; and let them pray over 
him, anointing him with oil In the name of the Lord: 
And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the 
Lord shall raise hdjn up; and if he have committed sins, 
they shall be forgiven him." (James 5:14-15) This 
Scripture says, " Is any sick among you ?" It doesn ! t 
say it r s only for the old, ready to pass on. I believe 
we miss a blessing If we fail to obey the inspired Word 
of God. Satan is busy and does all in his power to 
make us doubt to keep us powerless from God ! s will. 
He leads us into temptation and sin, that our fellow- 
ship is lost with the Almighty. He causes us to think 
the things of this world are so important — that heaven- 
ly things take second place. He causes friction and 
hatred among believers. "And the Lord said, Simon,, 
Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you> that he 
may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that 
thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, 
strengthen thy brethren ." (Luke 22:31^32) 

The promise is to the overcomer ; "For whatsoever Is 
born of God overcome th the world: and this is the vic- 
tory that overcome th the world, even our faith ," 
(I John 5:4) M To him that overcometh will I grant to 
sit with me in my throne % even as I also overcame and 
am set down with my Father in his throne." (Rev. 3:21) 

Do we have any excuse if we fail? No, because our 


rlserrLord and Saviour Jesus Christ has conquered 
Satan j and sin, and death,, and we can be "more than 
conquerors through him that loved us." (Rom. 8:37) 

Faith is the ingredient in our lives that we must 
have, or we will be powerless. Here is part of a song 
that has a beautiful thought: 

Prayer is the key to heaven, 

But faith unlocks the door. 

Prayer without faith is like 

A boat without an oar. 

In Matthew 13: 58. we read: "and he did not many 
mighty works, there because, of their unbelief," May 
we cry out with tears, as the man with the son who had 
a dumb spirit: "Lord I believe; help thou mine un- 
belief." (Mark 9?24)'' \ n% , . ". . T v ~ p , ■ 

In Christian Love, Kenneth Garber 

Twain Harte, California 


Father and son, 
Father and son; 
Side by side, 
'Til day is done. 

Machines to repair, 
Livestock to tend; 
Fields to plow, 
fences to mend. 

Learning to work, 
Rest and pray; 
Learning to live 
By* God T s way. 

Father and son, 
Father and son; 
Side b? r side > 
'Til life is done, 

— Susan Harper 
Nappanee, Indiana 





Although there has teen much dispute about this 
epistle in past ages, it has emerged as a part of God's 
Word most practical and valuable to the church. We 
cannot be certain which James was its author although 
most of the evidence indicates the brother of Jesus and 
not either of the apostles by this name. It is usually- 
dated about 60 A.D,, a period when some of the fervor 
and first love of the church was fading and in need of 
encouragement ♦ 

If this James was truly the brother of the Lord 
Jesus j then we see the change he must have made. At 
first Jesus' brothers did not believe in Him, possibly 
because of their familiar association. as children in 
the same home* But later this man became influential 
in the early church, speaking, out in the council re- ■• 
corded in Acts 15 and named by Paxil as a pillar with 
Peter and John in Galatians2:9 and as an apostle in 
1:19. Early writers listed James and Paul as apostles 
in addition to the twelve ♦ He calls himself, not an 
apostle, but simply "a servant of God and of the Lord 
Jesus Christ." 

The epistle is addressed "to the twelve tribes which 
are scattered abroad," Here is the true Israel, the 
believers or brethren, but they evidently were in need 
of admonition and encouragement. James writes to the 
rich and those deeply involved in strifes perhaps unbe- 
lievers or hypocrites as It seems when we compare 5:1-6 
and 5:7. At any rate, it contains practical, useful 
council and the only specific directions for the anoint- 
ing of the sick, 

James 1 writing on justification almost seems to con- 
tradict Paul T s, but if we study closely, we see rather 
an indictment of the misuse of Paul's doctrine of justi- 
fication by faith. James describes in more depth the 
faith by which we are justified. 


May we heed the counsels and practice the true 
Christian life set forth here by the servant of our 
Lord Jesus Christ. — L.C. 

ii MT AflONS 


Death is not to be feared and dreaded by the Christ- 
ian as it is an entrance to a glorious existance, 
Jesus said , Luke 24:26, "Ought not Christ to have suf- 
fered, these things, and to enter into His glory?" So 
should we be willing to suffer the things necessary 
for us to. be gathered to Him, 

It is similar to our birth, each taking place when 
we develop the need for ,.a .new mode of life. 


It is very important for believers to have communi- 
cation with one another. As the Scripture says (Gal. 
6: 6) j "Let him that is taught in the word communicate 
unto him that teacheth in all good things*" Even as 
our natural bodies need a constant flow of life-giving 
bloody so our spiritual bodies need the circulation of 
the Spirit. "Bear ye one another 1 s burdens % and so 
fulfil the law of Christ." (Gal. 6:2) 


In Luke 12:47, Jesus said, "And that servant, which 
knew his Lord r s will, and prepared not himself, neither 
did according to his will shall be beaten with many 
stripes. But he that knew not, and did commit things 
worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes.,," 
Today we cannot plead ignorance with compulsory education 
and an abundant supply of Bibles and with Jesus knocking 
at our hearts. We should not follow the popular trend 
and believe that all light is the result of an accident 
or a great explosion billions of years ago. Truly there 
was a great burst of power when God said, "Let there be 
light." That light of life fills the whole universe. 
So let us not chose darkness, but let us walk in the 
light with Jesus. „s rnes t Wagner 



Again we, the members of the Wakarusa Congregation 
rejoiced that souls are still responding to the call 
of the Master. Stephen Beery received Christian bap- 
tism upon confession of his faith in Christ November 24. 
May he be true to Jesus and enjoy the blessings of 

salvation forever. .„ - . 

— Melvln Conxng 

We rejoiced with the angels on December 1, 1985 , 

when Denita Huffman was baptized at Bradford, Ohio. 

May the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ keep 

her faithful unto the eternal reward. 

— Hollis Flora 


Sylvia M. Wolf 19300 Cherokee Rd. 

Tuolumne , Ca. 95379 
(209) 928-3295 


We would like to thank you each for the financial 
help, food, cards, prayers, and Sunshine boxes. Each 
kindness was greatly appreciated. Also we'd like to 
thank those who helped with the other children and 
came to sit with Stevie at the hospital to relieve us. 
Thanks to each one. May God bless you. 

— Steve and Neva Boone 

We sincerely thank everyone for the financial help 
for Jesse* s hospital stay and for the prayers offered 
for him. May the Lord bless each of you. 

— Neil and Lois Martin 

The Christian life can be like an ocean, which 
though wind and tempest churn on the surface is, never- 
theless, calm at its depth. 

— Selected by Susie Sell 


People are all different. Some are slow and care- 
ful and others quick and not so careful* Most of us 
are somewhere in between. But God appreciates careful- 
ness and so do people — like the ones we work for. 

Genturies ago a group of young men were cutting down 
trees, squaring them for beajns, and preparing .to build 
a house. One of them was careless about the ax he was 
using. The head was loose, but he kept on using it. 
Besides, it was a borrowed ax. Suddenly, as he was 
swinging the ax, the head flew into the Jordan, for it 
was by the river that they were cutting trees. ' It was 
too late to wish he had tightened the head on the han- 
dle 1 Axes were valuable and hard to replace. The 
young man cried out to Elisha, the man of God who was 
working with them: "Alas, master I for it was borrowed." 
Elisha determined the place where it fell in, cut down 
a stick to throw in at the same place, and the iron 
ax head "did swim." It actually floated. up from the 
bottom of the- Jordan. The young, man, with a flood of 
relief, reached out and pulled it in. 

In a more recent incident, Dr. Bassett of Tuolumne 
once told me of a couple of fellows he had 'fixing 
fence for him. After some time at work, the fellows 
came in saying they had lost both the expensive fence 
pliers they were using. It seems that the one young 
fellow carelessly let his tool slip and fall into the 
pond where they were. working. They couldn't seem to 
locate it, and, to Dr. Bassett 1 s extreme exasperation, 
they had thrown in the other tool a t the same spot to 
see if they could locate the first one. Then both were 
lost I This time there was no Elisha to display. the 
poxtfer of God to float the steel. 

With us, .carefulness pa?'s. Men appreciate it. God 
approves it. Paul wirtes to Titus, "That they ■which 
have .believed in God might be careful to maintain good 

Let us make 1986 a year of diligent and careful 
work whether it be at home, at school, or on a job. 
There may not be an Elisha nearby to bail us out if 

we are careless. 

— L. C. 



How long would you like to live? A hundred years? 
A thousand years? Would you like to live for a million 
years, and still be as strong and healthy as a young 
man or woman? 

We find it hard to even imagine how different our 
lives would be if there were no death. Just think — we 
could still talk to Adam to see what the world was like 
in his day, right after it was first created I 

Few people live to be more that a hundred years old* 
A pet dog or cat will not likely see its 20** 1 birthday ^ 
a horse or a goose or pigeon its 30 th • A songbird may 
live twenty years, but not likely more than six. Dif- 
ferent kinds of fish may live anywhere from two to 
fifty years, and wild mammals ten to forty years. But 
how long will you live? 

The wonders of nature and our own conscience teach 
us that we have a wonderful Creator, His Word tells us 
that we will live forever. Forever ? How long is that? 

A story is told to help us grasp how long "forever" 
really is: Suppose you had a solid mountain of hard 
granite stone a mile long, a mile wide, and a mile high. 
Every 1000 years a tiny bird would fly up to the huge, 
stone to sharpen his bill. The amount of time it would 
take for the little bird to thus completely wear away 
the huge stone , would be only one day of eternity. 

What a wonderful God we have] And even though we 
might not want to live forever here in a sinful world, 
yet God has promised that those who "do justly, and 
love mercy, and walk humbly with (Him)" will someday 
live in His most glorious Presence — forever and forever I 

— Stanley K. Brubaker 

THE PILGRIM Sonora, Calif. 

19201 Cherokee Rd, 
Tuolumne, Calif. 95379 


VOL. 33 FEBRUARY, 19S6 NO.. 2 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." / Peter 2:11 


Holy, holy, holy, Lord, 
God the Father, and the Word, 
God the Comforter, receive 
Blessings more than we can give: 
Mixed with those beyond the sky, 
Chanters to the Lord Most High, 
We our hearts and voices raise, 
Echoing thy eternal praise. 

One, inexplicably Three, 

One, in simplest Unity, 

God, incline Thy gracious ear, 

Us, thy lisping creatures, hear: 

Tnee,, while man, the earth-born, sings, 

Angels shrink within their wings, 

Prostrate Seraphim above 

Breathe unutterable love, 

Happy they who never rest, 

With thy heavenly presence blesti 

They the heights of glory see, 

Sound the depths of Deity i 

Fain with them our souls would vie; 

Sink as low, and mount as high; 

Fall o ! erwhelmed with love, or soar; 

Shout, or silently adore I 

— John Wesley 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the 
Old Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $2.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing Editor: Leslie Cover 

Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, CA 95379 


Every person represents something. To those we meet 
we represent our families, our communities, our country, 
the companies we work for, our schools, and above all, 
our Lord. Christians, especially, are to live in the 
world as strangers representing a better country and 
the Almighty King of that land. 

In the last few years we have had two different 
exchange students in our home for an evening. One was 
from Norway and one from Jamaica. Each in her own way, 
these girls represented their countries and their own 
families, and they did it well as they left an impress- 
ion of kindness, good manners, and interest and concern 
for their fellowmen. These students are chosen for 
this very purpose of representing well their various 
native lands. 

It makes me think that each of us, especially as 
Christians, represents some way of thinking and doing, 
some set of customs, some ideals and hopes. We leave 
either a good impression or some other feeling behind 
us. Paul writes (II Corinthians 5:20), "Now then we 
are ambassadors for Christ.. .» and in a sense all 
Christians occupy this position. 

The question I would ask is, "What kind of impression 
are we leaving behind us as representatives of our na- 
tive land and our Lord Jesus Christ?" We cannot con- 
trol how people react to our witness. But we are to 
be led and filled with God's Holy Spirit that the repre- 
sentation is true — that the right and fair concepts 
are given as we travel through this country that is 
really foreign territory to each one whose citizenship 
is in heaven. 

One day as I was putting away hardware and waiting 
on customers, a salesman representing a seed company 
made his quarterly call* He immediately began to re- 
arrange merchandise in the garden department so that 


his grass seed and other items he sold occupied the 
most prominent places. Naturally, he wanted to sell 
grass seed. But he failed to sense the impression he 
was making. After he left, we had to return the mer- 
chandise to its proper place. 

Maybe we are like this salesman. We get so inter- 
ested in our own programs that we forget everything 
else, like the feelings of those very ones we. should 
be helping. 

Then, of course, there is the other extreme in which 
we try so hard to impress those around us that we lose 
sight of the very principles we should be promoting. 

Our perfect pattern, as in all other areas, is Jesus. 
His love and compassion for the suffering ones around 
Him made Him reach out with healing, encouragement, 
and forgiveness. Those who saw and heard Him, loved 
Him and followed Him. Their enthusiasm climaxed In 
the throng ! s welcoming Him into Jerusalem for the last 
time. But Jesus also maintained the principles of 
truth and holiness. He actually insulted and denounced 
those self-centered rich Jews. 

If we would make a good impression, if we would be 
good ambassadors for God and representatives of His 
people, let us be like Jesus. Let our love for our 
fellowmen prompt us to deeds of kindness and encour- 
agement. But let us maintain godliness and know that 
those who would not hear Jesus also have their coun- 
terpart in our time and will not hear us. 

For practical application, a young person would be 
quick to be friendly to young visitors and show inter- 
est in them* But the same young person should not show 
interest or tolerance for the drug traffic, the rock 
music, the indecent , dress of the worldly. Principle 
here would take precedence over just making a good 

In our business dealings we should be honest above 
all, friendly and helpful, but avoiding any transaction 
that would be shady or not quite fair and truthful. 

In our relationship to the government, we should 
be prayerful for our rulers, obedient to laws, but not 


demanding of our rights or false on our taxes. 

With our brethren and our families , may our love 
shine bright and clear , our pride be resisted , and our 
godliness be an example to all. 

This is no other than the work of God's Holy Spirit, 
If we yield to Him, our testimony will be right and 
effective. If we take our own way, or move in our 
own strength, we will fail in every test, 

I have noticed that those around us who have some 
kind of need are the ones we can serve and "impress." 
The sick, elderly, unpopular, discouraged, shut in, 
or crippled all respond to kindness and attention. 
The poor heard Jesus gladly. But with the self-suffi- 
cient, the prosperous, the healthy, we more often say 
the wrong things and leave the poor testimony. May we 
be yielded to God and willingly serve in the world 
as ambassadors for Jesus. — L.C. 


How do we feel about our Christian service? Do we 
think of it as something required of us? Or do we ap- 
preciate being called and accepted into the Holy Family 
with Jesus and God? As the father reminded the older 
brother in the parable of the prodigal son, "Son, thou 
art ever with me, and all that I have is thine." Even 
so we should appreciate the love and care we receive 
and hope others will come and share. the blessings we 
enjoy. We are told we should feel the "Spirit of adop- 
tion" in our hearts whereby we cry, "Abba, Father." I 
am told this in the Greek is similar to the way we as 
children called our fathers "daddy" or "papa." We 
should feel that closeness to our Heavenly Father. We 
should help one another with all the power we have; 
but the battle to overcome Satan and deliver us from 
this time world, and translate us into the new creation, 
is the Lord 1 s, and we need to stand firm and see the 

Salvation of God. _ . ' 

— Ernest. Wagner 

Mode sto , California 


FROM FEAR OF EVIL. Proverbs 1:33 

Several months ago, this notice appeared on the 
bulletin board at work: (I had to think, that this 
would be good for us all to consider. Aren't we all 
careless at some point? I am thinking about careless- 
ness spiritually.) 


"I am more powerful than the combined armies of the 
world. I have destroyed more men than all the wars of 
all nations. I massacre thousands of people every year. 
I am more deadly than bullets, and I have wrecked 
more homes than the mightiest of guns. 

"In the United States alone, I steal over 500 mill- 
ion dollars each year. I spare no one, and I find my 
victims^ among the rich and poor alike, the young and 
old, the^ strong and weak; widows know me to their 
everlasting sorrow. I loom up in such proportions, 
that I cast my shadow over every field of labor. I 
lurk in unseen places to do most of my work silently. 
You are warned against me, yet you heed me not, I am 
relentless, merciless, and cruel. I am everywhere, in 
the home, on the streets, in the factory, at railroad 
crossings, on land, in the air, and on the sea. 

"I bring sickness and degradation and death, yet 
few seek me out to destroy me. I crush $ I maimj I will 
give you nothing, and rob you of all you have. 

"I am your worst Enemy; I am Carelessness." 

Beware the enemy! Who is our enemy? I am sure wa 
all have one. The enemy of our souls, is so powerful, 
that we have to keep a double guard on ourselves lest 
we slip. Lately, we have had cold weather ;-nd snow. 
This makes it dangerous to walk. We can be oh, so 
careful, but one little miss step, and down we go. 
This is the way with our walk with the Lord. We can 
be so careful to walk upright and honest, but just 
one bad thought, and we start slipping. The devil is 
there ready to push us down as far as he can. We have 


a hymn: "My soul be on thy guard; Ten thousand foes 
arise; The hosts of sin are pressing hard To draw thee 
from the skies." 

We know somewhat of the many thousands of men that 
are destroyed in the wars of our land. But I am sure 
we could multiply that, by thousands , to number the 
multitudes that have been destroyed by sin. One of the 
biggest reasons that we are so prone to fall, is the 
way sin slips in. We each one have a special temptation, 
and Satan knows this. The harder we try to do good, 
the more resistance there seems to be. I am thankful 
for my eyes, but it seems, I am always seeing things 
I shouldn ! t. We can look at a magazine, go to town, 
or whatever, and each one of us will see something 
different. We see what we want to see. If we are not 
in the right frame of mind, we see things in everything 
that we shouldn't. Then a multitude of wrong thoughts 
flow into our minds. When this happens, and we real- 
ize that we are falling in the hands of the evil one, 
how quick we should think of Jesus! Bat how many times 
are we feeling sorry for ourselves and think we are 
worse off than anyone else and let these soul -destroy- 
ing thoughts linger in our minds. We know of couples 
"who were seemingly happily married for several years, 
and this killer will destroy the home. It is correctly 
said, "To be hit by a bullet, we have to be in a 
straight line with the gun." Also, we have to be stand- 
ing still. But more deadly than bullets, this weapon 
of bad' thoughts, ckn anywhere and any time hit us. So 
it can be said that carelessness of our thought life 
is the #1 killer of our souls. 

We read, ""For what is a man advantaged, if he gain 
the whole world, and lose himself, or be a cast away?" 
(Luke 9:25) Again, we all know that if we lose our 
souls, in the end of this life, we have lost all. An- 
other place it says, "What will a man give in exchange 
for his soul?" The answer is, we would give nothing, 
but how many times, do we find ourselves doing a little 
trading for this world T s goods. So when one soul is 
lost, there can be no dollar value put on it. It 


doesn't matter if you are rich or poor, young or old, 
strong or weak, the results are the same, I Peter 5:3: 
"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the 
devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom 
he may devour." No, Satan doesn*t go around actually 
roaring. If he would, we would be more aware of his 
presence; it would be better if he would roar loudly 
so we would awake out of our sleep. It is rightly 
said that he lurks in unseen places and does most of 
his work silently. 

We are all warned against Satan, but at times we 
are too careless, II Peter 3*17: "Ye therefore, be- 
loved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest 
ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, 
fall from your own stedfastness." 

Certainly, the devil is relentless, merciless, and 
cruel. Just think of the many lies he is telling 
people today; not only today, but 6,000 years ago 
and if the world stands, another 6,000 years. Eve was 
told that she wouldn*t die, but "ye shall be as gods, 
knowing good and evil." They didn T t die a natural 
death immediately but just think of the many good 
things they lost. We read in the Bible of the many 
that had to suffer because of our Enemy. Hebrews 11: 
36-38: "And others had trial of cruel mockings and 
scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment; 
They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, 
were slain with the sword: they wandered about in 
sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, 
tormented; (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they 
wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens 
and caves of the earth." 

Again we know that sin will bring sickness, degra- 
dation, and death. Some time ago I read about a woman 
who was slowly losing her health. No doctor could 
find out what was wrong with her. Finally she had to 
be in the hospital, but tests and all the modern 
medicine didn't avail anything. At last, one of the 
doctors remembered that he had heard that a deep hat- 
red in a person 1 s life could cause depression, and 


finally death. Someone questioned her about this, 
and found out that early in her life, something hap-- 
pened, and from that time on, this hatred grew and 
landed her in the hospital. After she had confessed 
and asked forgiveness, she rapidly got better. So we 
can see that sin can make us not only spiritually sick, 
but also physically sick, even unto death. 

The last sentence, sums up sin, if it isn't taken 
care of, "I will give you nothing and rob you of all," 
At first it may seem like there is something great 
offered, but the greatness is only short-lived. Prob- 
ably the drunkard, when he is drinking and during the 
time he is senseless, is happy with himself, but what 
about when the drink' wears off? The rich man that 
fared sumptuously every day, I am sure, was enjoying 
himself , but couldn't even give the crumbs to the beg- 
gar. We read the conclusion; which do we want? Achan, 
when he saw the Babylonish garment, the silver and 
gold, coveted them, and took them. No doubt he thought j 
"Just these few pieces won't be missed," God had 
spoken earlier that no one was to take of these. Again 
we can clearly see the Bible is true. James 1:15: 
"Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin; 
And sin, when it is fininhed, bringeth forth death," • 
Achan, and all he had, was taken and stoned. 

No, we today will not be stoned if we covet or do 
what we know we shouldn't. (Read Galatians 5:19-21.) 
Even if no stones will hit us till there is life no 
more j we read of a' worse condition that will last for- 
ever and ever, Matthew 25:30; "And cast, ye that un- 
profitable servant -into outer darkness: there shall 

bf weeping and gnashing of teeth."' 

Everett Oyler 

New Paris, Indiana 

I sought my soul — but my soul I could not see, 
I sought my God-— but my God eluded me* 
I sought my brother, and I found all three, 

Selected by Ruth Flora 



Did you ever, think about your name — what it means, 
where it came from? Our names are important to us be- 
cause they represent our very beings . Most of us were 
I named before we were even born. 

Think of Jesus, He was named before He left the 
womb, and to most people His name was just another name. 
However, as His life went on, that changed. Jesus be- 
came known as a sacred or holy name, a name above all 
najnes and everlasting. Isaiah said, "Even unto them 
will I give in mine house and within my walls a place 
and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I 
will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be 
cut off." (56:5) "And the Gentiles shall see thy 
righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou 
shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the 
Lord shall name." (62:2) 

When we receive Christ as our Saviour and are born 
again by the water and of the Spirit; we become new 
persons, spiritually speaking, and also receive our 
new names, as countless others have. We join in the 
ranks of the saints who are joyfully and determinedly 
marching on to the victory that we can ! t even see yet, 
except through faith, but will as long as we keep our 
eyes on our Father — the source of all this. 

The battle is long and hard, the way strewn with 
despairing discouragements, temptations, depressions, 
sadness, tears, etc. However, there is happiness, 
joy, peace, contentment which we can draw from our 
fellowship and communion with our Father and brethren 
and sisters. Our purpose and direction we draw from 
His Word. As vie grow in Him, we should become more 
like Him, so we need to strive to know more and more 
■ of Him. 

) "Him that overcome th will I make a pillar in the 
temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and 
I will write upon hiin the name of my God, and the name 
of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which 


cometh down out of heaven from my God: And I will 
write upon him my new name." (Rev. 3:12) 


SANCTIFIED by the waters 
In God's holy mystery. 
Reborn in spiritual colors, 
As men in history. 

MADE NEW from the inside-out; 
New in spirit and in name. 
Holy and reverent, stifling shout, 
Free at last from old world shame I 

RELEASED from bondage and sin.' 

Joined with the family of God; 

In bonds of love, though still just men, 

It's common ground we tread. 

SO, WELCOME I it is to you; 

New zeal you've given to me. 

We're here to help each other through. 

Til Jesus' face we seel 

Ronald L. Cable 
Goshen, Indiana 


Old age can be a most rewarding period of life. For 
those yfoc have found the satisfaction of a loving and 
close relationship with the Heavenly Father through 
faith in His Son, the "sunset years 1 ' can be more appro- 
priately labeled the "golden years. 11 

Henry Durbanville felt that way." In his book The 
Best Is Yet To Be : rl I feel sorry for folks who don f t 
like to grow old.*. I revel in my years. They enrich 
me... I would not exchange ♦♦.the abiding rest of soul, 
the measure of wisdom I have gained from the sweet and 
bitter and perplexing experiences of life; nor the con- 
firmed faith I now have in the... love of God for all 
the bright and uncertain hopes and tumultuous joys of 


youth. Indeed, I would not I These are the best years 
of my life... The way grows brighter; the birds sing 
sweeter; the wind blows softer; the stin shines more 
radiantly than ever before. I suppose 'my outward man 1 
is perishing,, but T my inward man' is being joyously 
renewed day by day," 

Robertson McQuilkin wrote , "God planned the strength 
and beauty of youth to be physical. Bat the strength 
and beauty of age is spiritual. We gradually lose the 
strength and beauty that is temporary so we'll be sure 
to concentrate on the strength and beauty that is 
forever. 11 

May we live in such a way that as we reach that 
privileged plateau in life, we too can say that the 
older years are indeed the golden years. 

As sunset falls upon one's life., 

It's golden rays reveal 
Those qualities of faith and love 

The years have made so real. 

To make a success of old age, you have to start 

young. He who walks with God will be out of step with 

the world, 

(Excerpts from Our Daily Bread booklet) 

Selected by Susan R. Coning 


We, the members of the Old Brethren Church in Cali- 
fornia, have agreed to hold our Spring Love feast, the 
Lord willing, at Salida on April 19 and 20. We sincere- 
ly welcome all to come and be with us at this time of 
communion and revival. Joseph ^ Coyer 


We wish to thank each one who has so kindly remem- 
bered our family in prayers, cards, and calls during 
Mother's recent illness and recovery. My God bless 

eacji one. , •_, n . . *xL*n 
— Amos and Sana Baker and Famxly 



I cannot say, "Our/ 1 if I live in a watertight spir- 
itual compartment; if I think a special place in heaven 
is reserved for my denomination* 

I cannot say, » Father ," if I do not demonstrate the 
relationship in my daily life* 

I cannot say, "Which art in Heaven," if I am so 
occupied with earth that I am not laying up treasure 
over there • 

I cannot say, "Hallowed be thy name." if I, who am 
called by His name, am not holy. 

I cannot say, "Thy will be done," if I am question- 
ing,, resentful, or disobedient to His will for me. 

I cannot say, "Give us this day our daily bread," 
if I am living on past experiences. 

I cannot say, "Forgive us our debts, as we forgive 
our debtors," If I harbor a grudge against anyone. 

I cannot say, "Lead us not into temptation^ n if I 
deliberately place myself or remain in a position 
where I am likely to be tempted. 

I cannot say, "Deliver us from evil," if I am not 
prepared to fight it in the spiritual realm with the 
weapon of prayer. 

I cannot say, "Thine is the Kingdom," if I don ! t 
give the King the disciplined obedience of a loyal 

I cannot say, "Thine is the. .♦glory," if I am 
seeking glory for myself, 

I cannot say, "Forever," if my horizons are bound 
of things of time. 

I cannot say, u &men, n if I do not also add 5 "cost 
what it may," for to say this prayer honestly. . .will 
cost everything. 


Vm &n 


Selected by Susie Sell 

When a man's ways please the Lord, he maketh even his 

enemies to be at peace with him. 

Proverbs 16:7 



The two epistles of Peter. were written possible 
about A.D. 66 and 67 during the persecution of the 
church by Nero. Some think that both Peter and Paul 
were in Rome at this time. The tone of the first 
epistle would bear this out as in every chapter Peter 
mentions suffering or persecution in some aspect. 

The areas Peter mentions in I Peter 1:1 as those. to 
whom he is writing were the areas where Paul did much 
of his teaching and preaching, Halley makes an inter- 
esting observation as the possible reason for this: 

"It is thought possibly that Peter may have written 
this letter immediately after Paul's martyrdom, about 
A.D, .66, and sent it by Silas (5:12), who had been one 
of Paul's helpers, to these churches which Paul had 
founded, to encourage them to bear up under their 
suffering, Silas personally carrying the news of Paul's 
martyrdom to Paul's Churches. " (Halley' s Bible Handbook 
p. 663) 

Peter's comment, "The church that is at Babylon... 
saluteth you..." could very well refer to Rome as a 
city like Babylon in its wickedness, wealth, and 
oppression over God's people. 

Peter's- positive emphasis In II Peter 1:16 on the 
truth of the Gospel ("For we have not followed cunning- 
ly devised fables., but were eyewitnesses of his maj- 
esty.") is a strong and sure testimony for us all. I 
like this pasaage to present to one who would question 
the truth. And yet, we either believe the record or 
we do not. 

Also in II Peter 1:15 is evident Peter's concern 
that future generations have the record from those 
who were there. "Moreover I will endeavor that ye may 
be able after my decease to have these things always in 
remembrance." Some believe this to be a direct refer- 
ence to Peter's part in Mark's writing of the Gospel 
story. How good it is that we have the Holy Ghost-in- 
spired words of this useful apostle I — L.C. 



Have you ever thought or realized that we as young 
people today are making the church of tomorrow? It 
sounds serious. It is I As youth today we are setting 
attitudes, appearances, and conduct for the church of 

What kind of attitudes are we forming? The attitudes 
we have now are likely to be the ones we have later. 
We need to think on the good of others, learning to 
have respect and love for them and mostly to God, If 
we do, it will be easier to "make it together" in the 
church of tomorrow. Sometimes it seems difficult to 
have good attitudes toward parents and older friends, 
but we can benefit from their experiences if we listen 
to them. They are, no doubt, concerned for the future 

Our appearance is another concern for the church of 
tomorrow, Part of our appearance is our countenance. 
Does it show we are happy and contented, that He is in 
us? Another part of our appearance is our dress. It 
can display a respect to God's idea of dress, or it may 
prove we have chosen to suit ourselves. If we realize 
we are setting standards for the church of tomorrow, 
God T s standards will surely be our goal. 

Finally, we need to consider our conduct as it will 
also have an effect on the church of tomorrow. Some 
young people today are willing to be in physical danger 
for the happiness 'of being a Christian. Do we demon- 
strate the same willingness and joy here where 
Christianity is free? What do our speech and habits 
tell others? How consistent and effective is our wit- 
ness? Consider the activities we enjoy. Are they ones 
that encourage a closeness to each other and to Him? 
Do we enjoy more to associate with the people who show 
fruits of a Spirit-filled life? Do we form firm con- 
victions of truth and high standards, and then are we 
able to stand up for them? Do we set high goals to 
accomplish things worthwhile, and then do we put our 
all into reaching them? Let T s do like the song says: 


"Let us work with a will in the strength of youth 
And loyally stand for the kingdom of truth l n 

Why not show by our attitudes , appearances, and 
conduct that the youth of today have great potential 
for the church of tomorrow— potential to help build a 
church that is without spot, wrinkle, or blemish, that 
is holy, that is glorious! (Ephesians 5*27) 

— Miriam Coning 
Go shen , Indiana 


We brethren, sisters, and friends of Rio Verde, 
Brazil, rejoiced with the holy angels when Geralda 
Gonyalves dos Santos was received into our fellowship 
on January 5 by a public renewal of her vows of faith 
in Jesus Christ and holy baptism. May she continue 
to be faithful and helpful in the kingdom of our Father 

in heaven* 

— Wade Flora 

We of the Goshen congregation were made to rejoice 
when another precious soul, Aaron Beery, was received 
into our fellowship on January 12 by a public confess- 
ion of faith in Jesus Christ and water baptism. May.- 
he be faithful in the service of the Master. 

— Melvin Coning 

On Sunday, January 19, we rejoiced with the angels 
of heaven when Edward Flora was taken into church 
fellowship by Christian baptism at Bradford, Ohio. 
May he be faithful unto eternal life. 

— Hollis Flora 


ROYER - A daughter, Jewel Rebecca, born January 15 to 
Joe and Elizabeth Royer of Mishawaka,. Indiana. 

WALKER - A son, Jared Elijah,, born February 9 to 
Carrie and David Walker of Water iTord, California. 


Did you ever lie on your back lazily in the warm 
slimmer sunshine and envy the birds their freedom? "How- 
nice it would be," you may have thought, "to be a bird! 
I could just fly around to any place I would want to 
visit o I would fly quickly to the top of a tall tree 
and sing happily from my high perch. I could go with- 
out effort to another part of the forest without 
having to wade through snow or mud, or tangle with 
thorns. And best of all, I wouldn't have to do any 
work— no chores in the morning, no chores in the 
evening — just fun and freedom all the time." 

Did joii ever have thoughts like those? Possibly 
not. But if you have, I would like to take them away 
from you, for they are simply not true. 

Certainly animals do not have a list of jobs 
written on a blackboard for them to do. They don 1 t 
have to help with the laundry, haul firewood, mop 
floors, or take care of livestock and pets. Bat they 
do have much to do. Even some of God's smallest 
creatures, such as bees and ants, have cleaning, build- 
ing, hauling, repairing, and many other jobs tc do. 
Young birds and animals spend hours every day just in 
finding enough to eat and in keeping themsleves clean. 
And as they grow older they have nests to builc or 
burrows to dig, food to gather for winter, and young 
to feed and rear, often while surrounded by danger, 

"Chores?" If wfc could only realize what a blessing 
they are to us... if we could somehow see how much they 
can help prepare us for a happy useful life of service,, 
the very word would have different meaning! 

— Stanley K. Brubaker 


THE PILGRIM Sonora > Galif ' 

19201 Cherokee Rd. 
Tuolumne, Calif. 95379 


VOL. 33 MARCH, 1986 NO. 3 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." / Peter 2:11 

HE lives: HE REIGNS I 

Hail , oh, hail the Risen Saviour, 
Lamb of God for sinners slain, 

Victor now, He reigns forever, 
He who died but lives again. 

He who rose o'er death triumphant, 
Broke the power of hell's domain, 

Freedom bought for every captive, 
Rest from every sin-forged chain. 

Who is he that may not conquer, 
Since his Lord has conquered all? 

Rouse, ye fainting one si take courage 1 
Hear, oh, hear the Master's call! 

Weary ones, come bring your burdens; 

Hungry ones, come freely feast; 
Whosoever will is welcome, 

E'en the poorest and the least. 

Yes, oh, yes, He lives to save us, 
Cleanse and keep us day by day; 

Through this present world of evil, 
He T ll protect us all the way. 

Sons of earth, shout out His praises! 

Sound afar your glad refrains! 
Freedom's bells, peal out your anthems! 

Christ is Risen! He Reigns! He Reigns! 

—Katie V. Hall 

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A public dispute regarding Creation vs. Evolution is 
now being carried on in our local paper in the "Letters 
to the Editor 11 column* Some are -written sincerely and 
truthfully and some seem to miss the main points and 
show "more heat than light." Perhaps it is more than 
coincidence that this dispute is being carried on at 
this time as the minds of Christians turn more to the 
crucifixion and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, 
If we did not have God T s Word, if there were no truth 
in the world, if all were only speculation and theory 
(like evolution), there would be no occasion for argu- 
ment. But when truth confronts error, then conflict 

Paul states the case: "This is a faithful saying, 
and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came 
into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief," 
(I Tim. 1:15) This "faithful saying" tells the truth 
of God T s efforts to save man and acknowledges that "I" 
(Paul and you and l) are the ones that need saving. 
The acceptance of this truth is against man's carnal 
nature because it limits his Independence and admits 
his selfishness. And it is this truth that Satan tries 
his best to cover and ridicule. 

Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners I 
Some say Jesus was -born to die. It is true, but He 
did more than. die. He fulfilled the prophecies, He 
healed and helped the people, He" brought the words of 
the Father, He suffered, and He rose again. 

His suffering cannot be told, but we know it began 
before Gethsamane and Calvary. It is recorded that 
Jesus wept over Jerusalem and at the tomb of Lazarus. 
How many other times He sorrowed and suffered in tears 
for us, we do not know. But we know it must have 
caused Him great pain to see the hard-he art edness of 
men and to fail to reach many of the hard hearts. 


We can get a view of this kind of suffering when we 
see someone (perhaps even someone very close to us) 
going on in error— blindly refusing to accept the sal- 
vation of God and living for self, Jesus saw His peo- 
ple in darkness , perverting the truth, making a good 
outward show, but having evil hearts, He saw them 
persecute and shun one another and even enslave and 
slay each other. He saw the lac-k of love, and He suf- 
fered and sorrowed for them* 

Jesus 1 suffering seemed to reach its peak in Geth- 
semane. There He wrestled with the awful prospect of 
"becoming sin for us." The pure Son of God was going 
to be disrobed and publicly shamed and put to death as 
though He were the lowest criminal — despised by man 
and placed under the curse of the law. What indigna- 
tion rises in us when we are accused of something we 
did not do I We will escape and justify ourselves if 
we possibly can. Jesus said, "Not my will, but thine . 
be done , " because He knew there was no other way to 
save us. But as He struggled "his sweat was as it 
were great drops of blood falling down to the ground." 

His physical suffering eventually involved nearly 
every part of His body. He was struck before the high 
priest by one of the officers. He was buffeted by the 
soldiers, spit on, crowned with the thorns; His back 
felt the scourge of Pilate T s men; His hands and feet 
were nailed through to the cross; and after His death 
His side was pierced by the soldiers spear. 

What He endured, Oh, who can tell? Our response 
must be to believe and obey Him. But it must go even 
beyond simple acceptance or acknowledgement of the 
truth. We must somehow suffer with Him. Paul says, 
"I am crucified with Christ..." He also speaks of 
"the fellowship of his sufferings," We are to die with 
Jesus. With this as a prospect and an experience for 
Christians, somehow the Creation-Evolution debate 
fades into insignificance. We realize as we enter into 
the suffering with Christ that this is an experience — 
a life — a joy. We have progressed beyond the debate- 
contention stage. Paul says, "From henceforth let no 


man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the 
Lord Jesus." (Galatians 6:17) On this subject the 
poem by Amy Carmichael searches our hearts: 


Hast thou no scar? 

No hidden scar on foot, or side, or hand? 

I hear thee sung as mighty in the land, 

I hear them hail thy bright ascendant star, 

Hast thou no scar? 

Hast thou no wound? 

let I was wounded by the archers, spent, 

leaned Me against a tree to die; and rent 

2/ ravening wolves that compassed me, I swooned: 

Hast thou no wound? 

No wound? no scar? 

Yet, as the Master shall the servant be 

And pierced are the feet that follow Me; 

But thine are whole: can he have followed far 

Who hath no wound nor scar? 

From one of those letters in support of Evolution 
come these words: "Globally, of course, most of the 
world's 5 billion people haven't even heard of crea- 
tionism." Perhaps this is true. (They probably haven't 
heard of evolution either*) Christian people should 
sorrow and suffer that multitudes are in darkness. 
But unbelievers should hide their heads in shame, for 
unbelief is what hinders the spread of God's glorious 
Word and His offer of Salvation. Jesus has suffered, 
died, and risen to life and glory. The Holy Spirit is 
here to convince and testify and enable. May we be- 
lieve, sorrow, suffer, and pray that the Gospel of 
Salvation through Jesus' sacrifice and atonement may 
reach more and more people before Jesus returns. 

When Jesus comes again y it will not be to suffer. 
Hebrews 9:28; "So Christ was once offered to. bear the 
sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall 
he appear the second time without sin unto salvation." 

— L.C. 


OLD. or GOLD? 

What comes to your mind when you hear the word 
"old"? Worn out? Antiquated antiques? Junk? Or 
wrinkled j bent, complainy, and cranky old men and 

The modern terminology for referring to old people 
includes "elderly," "geriatric," "Golden Age," "aged," 
and even "superannuated," "Venerable" is an older 
term, often found used in old story books. It suggests 
dignity and quality of old age that are worthy of great 

Which words do you want the young generation to use 
in referring to you in your old age? Assuming that 
you pick the most complimentary ones, it means two 
things. Number one; You must start now to build your 
personality and character into one worthy of compli- 
mentary terms; for it has rightly been said that "in 
old age you will be what you are when younger, only 
more sol" If you are of a sour, grouchy, complainy 
disposition now, old age will only, increase those neg- 
ative traits. After all, there will be more to be 
bitter about, more to grouch about, and certainly more 
loneliness, aches, and pains to complain about. 

But if we develop a pleasant, joyous outlook on 
life, thinking little of our own aches and pains and 
rejoicing in the good things of life, then we can count 
on being sweet, dear old people * (This is not to say 
that strokes and other disorders cannot completely 
change a person's personality. They sometimes do. 
That we leave with God.) 

Number two: If we wish to be referred to by compli- 
mentary terms in our old age, it is only right for us 
to refer to and treat our elders with much kindness 
and respect. Remember the Golden Rule I 

Today* s society is geared to youth; "Maintain youth- 
ful appearance, energy and conduct at all cost," is 
what the media proclaims. In II Timothy 2:22, Paul 
tells Timothy to "Flee also youthful lusts: but follow 


righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that 
call on the Lord out of a pure heart ." We are to de- 
sire maturity. 

Americans, as a whole, tend to think of the old 
people as a burden. We are burdened with their pres- 
ence in our lives and homes. We have more important 
things to do than to listen to their five-times-told 
stories, and we do not want to listen to their wisdom 
for our lives. 

What does the Bible teach us about the aged? 

Job 8:&-10: "Tor inquire, I pray thee, of the for- 
mer age, and prepare thyself to the search of their 
fathers:: (^br we are but of yesterday, and know no- 
thing, because our days upon earth are a shadow:) 
Shall not they teach thee, and tell thee, and utter 
words out of their heart?" 

Job 12:12: "With the ancient is wisdom; and in 
length of days understanding." 

Job 32:6b~7: "I am young, and ye are very old; 
wherefore I was afraid, and durst not shew you mine 
opinion. I said, Days should speak, and multitude of 
years should teach wisdom." 

Proverbs 23^22: "Hearken unto thy father that 
begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old." 

Leviticus 19:32: "Thou shalt rise up before the 
hoary head, and honour the face of the old man, and 
fear thy God: I am the Lord." 

Proverbs 20:29: "The glory of young men is their 
strength: and the beauty of old men is the gray head." 

Let us have compassion on the old, feeble, and tot- 
tery among us. they have had many experiences in their 
lives we will never have. They have loved, worked, had 
joyous times and troublesome times just like we are now 
having. They are still human beings, created and loved 
by God. They have basic needs like all humans, includ- 
ing the need to be loved, to have someone to love and 
to do for, the need to feel accepted as one of us, to 
belong . 

Sometimes it seems they cannot possibly have any 
more use in this world, but as long as God leaves them 


here, then there is a purpose for it. That purpose 
may be none other than to teach us compassion, love, 
kindness, and patience. May we learn our lessons 

It touches our hearts with sadness to see people 
reaching the end of life T s way who have not made peace 
with their Creator. We wonder, sometimes, how much, or 
what, we can do to help them see Jesus before they die. 
But they have lived their lives; they have had the same 
chance, the same calling, that we have. And they have 
made their choice. 

How encouraging, though, to see an old saint of the 
Lord f s coming to the end of life's way. I can almost 
envy them; they have climbed their last mountain, borne 
their latest affliction, have been nourished in God's 
Word and established through prayer and meditation 
during their period of inactivity in old age. They 
have been strengthened and built up — perfected. And 
no longer do worldly things, ideas, or pressures tempt 
theml They've won the battle I While we, the following 
generations, have so many, many pitfalls still ahead 
of us. 

Surely, old age is a Golden time of life for the 
Christian I Youth is the time to prepare for our Gold- 
en Years by becoming Christians and growing more 
Christlike daily. Then when we reach our Golden Age, 
we will be well prepared to use our "leisure" time 
wisely, being perfected in God's love. And we will 
have earned the complimentary titles of old age! 

— Linda Frick 
Gettysburg, Ohio 


Faith is a great life-giving power of God. Jesus 
used a tiny grain of mustard to show how it contained 
that element of life to bud and grow a great plant in 
which the birds could find shelter. When the Greeks 


sought Him, He said it was time for Him to be glori- 
fied. He likened Himself to a grain of corn falling 
to the ground and dying., then springing up and bearing 
much fruit. As His Father commanded and gave Him 
power to do. Our natural bodies are not fitted for 
that glorious, abundant life. The Apostle Paul 
likened our bodies to bare grain which we plant in 
hope. As Jesus said from the cross: "Father, into 
thy hands I commend my spirit." 


We are apt to feel that Jesus is more loving than 
the Father. But it was God In Christ that made Him 
so loving and self-sacrificing. "God is love; and he 
that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in hijn." 
(I John 4:16) 

So if we rightly understand, we realize They are 
one in heart and love for us. John 17:20,21 says: 
"Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also 
which shall believe on me through their word; That 
they all may be. one; as thou, Father, art in me, and 
I in thee, that they also may be one in us: :that- the 
world may believe that thou hast sent me." 


The Scriptures tell us mercy rejoiceth against 
judgment. (James 2:13) The many divisions among be- 
lievers plainly tell us that too much emphasis is put 
on judgment and not enough on fore bear ance and for- 

What a welcome change it would be for believers to 
search to see how many teachings of Jesus they could 
agree on. The Scriptures tell us to live peaceably 
with all men, on our part. How much more should we 
live so with believers I 

— Ernest Wagner 
English Oaks Convalescent Hospital 
Mode sto , California 



Eternal light streams on His path 
As Jesus leaves Heaven* s splendor; 
Coming to save sinners from wrath , 
Born an earthly babe so tender: 
Down from holy habitation., 
Away from His. great Father ! s throne , 
Comes to suffer, to bleed and groanl 

Chorus: "Golgotha Hill, Calvary Hill, 

I come to do my Father 1 s will; 

Calvary Hill, Golgotha Hill, 

I come to you, life's blood to spill! 

From our heavenly home above, 

Where glory's light outshines the sun; 

We give the world Our greatest love, 

God the Father and Christ the Son!" 

Pure light of truth shines on His path 
While Jesus walks earth's mortal ground; 
Facing the hour of His bloodbath, 
God*s Word and works do all astound. 
Betrayed by one who eats with Him, 
On the cruel cross He prays and cries; 
Pays the fall price for all man ! s sin, 
Lays down His life and bravely die si 

Light of glory on His pathway 
Jesus rises from death to life; 
Then flies away to endless day, 
Forever freed from earthly strife. 
Back to God's throne He comes to fame, 
Brings there His own with Him to reign; 
Redeemed proclaim their Saviour's name, 
. Who lived and died and lives again! 

Hollis Edward Flora 



Behold^ behold the Lamb of God, 

On the cross, on the cross; 
For you He shed His precious blood, 

On the cross, on the cross; 
hear His agonizing cry, 

"E-loi, la-ma, sa-bach-tha-ni," 
Draw near, and see your Saviour die, 

On the cross, on the cross. 

Behold His arms extended wide, 

On the cross, on the cross; 
Behold His bleeding hands and side, 

On the cross, on the cross; 
The sun withholds his rays of light, 

The heavens are clothed in shades of night, 
While Jesus doth for sinners fight, 

On the cross, on the cross. 

And now the mighty deed is done, 

On the cross, on the cross; 
The battle fought, the victory won, 

On the cross, on the cross; 
11 'Tis finished," now the Saviour cries; 

To heaven He turns His languid eyes; 
Then bows His sacred head and dies, 

On the cross, on the cross. 

Where-e'er I go, I'll tell the story 

Of the cross, of the cross; 
-In nothing else my soul shall glory, 

Save the* cross, save the cross; 
And this my constant theme shall be, 

Through time and in eternity, 
That Jesus shed His blood for me, 

On the cross, on the cross • 




We, the members of the Old Brethren Church in Cali- 
fornia, have agreed to hold our Spring Love feast , the 
Lord willing, at Salida on April 19 and 20. Ve sincere- 
ly welcome all to come and be with us at this time of 
communion and revival. 

—Joseph L. Cover 


The Annual Meeting of the Old Brethren Church will 
be held this year, the Lord willing, on May 16, 17, 
and 18 at the meeting house near Wakarusa, Indiana, 
Friday will be council day; Saturday and Sunday (Pente- 
cost) will be for public preaching; and Saturday even- 
ing will be for the Communion service. A hearty in- 
vitation Is extended to all of our brethren, sisters, 

and friends to attend, . ■_ ! ; ' . 

— Melvm Coning 


On the morning of February 16 we brethren and sis- 
ters of Rio Verde, Brazil, rejoiced with the angels of 
heaven when Elisabeth Cardoso dos Santos was received 
into our fellowship by a public confession of faith 
in Jesus Christ and Holy Baptism. May she be faithful 
in the service of the Master. 

— Wade Flora 


Be kind to everyone you meet 
Along life * s rugged way, 

For it will make you happier 
Throughout the live -long day. 

— Linda Wagner 



John , the beloved apostle , was the author of five 
New Testament books: The Gospel According to John, 
The Revelation, and the three epistles bearing his 
name. John lived long after the other apostles had 
been martyred, and it was apparently during this later 
life period when his writing was done. 

John ! s first epistle does not name the author or 
those to whom it is written. But it has always been 
recognised as John f s writing and intended for the 
churches around Ephesus where John spent his last days 
on earth. 

As the possible setting for the teaching of this 
letter, we quote from Halley's Bible Handbook, pages 
671 and 672: 

,T Christianity had been in the world some sixty or 
seventy years, and in many parts of: the Roman Empire 
had become an important-religion and -a powerful in- 
fluence. Naturally there came to be all sorts of 
efforts to amalgamate the Gospel with prevailing phil- 
osophies and systems of thought. 

"A form of Gnosticism which was disrupting the 
churches .in John's day taught that there is in human 
nature an irreconcilable principle of dualism: that 
spirit and body are two separate entities: that sin 
resided in the flesh only: that the spirit could have 
its raptures, and the body could do as it pleased: 
that lofty mental- mystical piety was entirely consis- 
tent with voluptuous, sensual life. They denied the 
Incarnation, that God had in Christ actually become 
flesh, and maintained the Christ was a phantom, a man 
in appearance only. 

"In Ephesus a man named Cerinthus was leader of this 
cult. He claimed for himself inner mystic experiences 
and exalted knowledge of God, but was a voluptuary * 
Throughout this epistle it seems that John must have 
had these heretics in mind, in insisting that Jesus 


was the actual, material, authentic manifestation of 
God in the flesh, and that genuine knowledge of God 
must result in moral transformation," 

John r s themes of love, Christian virtue 9 sight, and 
assurance make this portion of Holy Scripture valuable 
and inspiring to Christians of all ages. 

II John, like the two other epistles, does not give 
the author's name but is addressed from "the elder unto 
the elect lady and her children..." John was truly an 
elder in all its meanings. The lady may have been a 
person or a congregation symbolized by this term* The 
letter Is brief and full of John's main theme of love. 
He also warns here, as in his other writings, against 
false doctrines, like in this passage (verses 10 & 11); 
"If there come any unto you, and bring not this doc- 
trine, receive him not into your house, neither bid 
him God speed. For he that biddeth him God speed is 
partaker of his evil deeds." He refers particularly 
to those "who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in 
the flesh." (verse 7) But how important also it is 
that we lose not the doctrine of the new commandment 

to love one another, (verse 5) 

III John is a short letter addressed to a brother . 
named Gaius. It, too, is full of good counsel and 
joyful encouragement. A particular warning is given 
against one "Diotrephes -who loveth to have the pre- 
eminence among them." May it also serve to remind us 
of our place of humble service in the world and before 
God. — L.C. 

Our goal — our one consuming life goal — must not 
be for marriage any more than for recognition, 
security, power, or wealth, Success in the Christian 
life is measured only in terms of glory brought to 
God, Every Christian needs to ask, "Is Jesus Christ 
getting out of my life what He paid for? ,! 

Kaaren Witte in "Assignment: Singleness" 
Selected from Christian Life by Martha Cover 


Dear Young People , 

We are not very old, but we have seen many groups of 
young people that were not very respectful. Some would 
talk out loud during church, write on benches or worst 
of all, not listen to the preached word* I remember 
reading of some little children that were very disre- 
spectful. As Elisha was on his way to Bethel, little 
children came out of the city, and mocked hk saying 
"Go up thou bald head, go up thou bald head," Two she 
bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two children. 

Not long after we moved to this vicinity, one evening 
someone knocked on our door. Several young boys came 
for the evening. You will never know how much we appre- 
ciated that. How thankful we are that you didn't have 
to go to town to enjoy yourself. Many of you have not 
yet chosen to follow Christ, and many of you are young 
In the faith, But I am sure that you all know that the 
wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. 

Another thing we rejoice in, is that you go where 
your parents go for Sunday dinner. You not only go, 
but you listen and participate in the conversation. 
You are kind to the aged, I can tell it isn ! t pretend- 
ing: it is real. When there is work to be done, you 
are there. When you are in a group at young folks 
playing together, we are delighted to see that you are - 
all enjoying each other. When we are at your gatherings, 
we feel like one of you; we enjoy ourselves to the full- 
est. This couldn't be if you couldn r t mingle with 
older ones, so thank you . 

Just now we are thinking of the older n unmarrieds f n 
God has a special purpose in your life. God bless you 
for the good you are doing. Paul says in I Cor, 7:7* 
"For I would that all men were even as I myself. But 
every man jiath his proper gift of God, one after this 
manner, and another after that," I am sure it is a gift 
of God to ^Live a single life and be happy in the Lord. 
In verse 34 of the same chapter: "...The unmarried 
woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may 
be holy both in body and in spirit.,." This isn't say- 
ing those' ^hat are married do not care for these things 


but we all know the more we are involved in, the harder 
it is to center our minds on the things ue should. 

Now we have listed several things that we can com- 
mend you for. There are many more not mentioned, We 
are not saying there aren't any areas that need improv- 
ing, We older ones need to improve each day, so we 
can T t expect you to be perfect. We must each work 
daily to strive for perfection • Again we can rejoice 
"that from a child thou hast known the Holy Scripture s, 
which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through 
faith which is in Christ Jesus. 11 We all know the good 
in you didn't just happen. There were many long hard 
years preparing for what you are today. You. only count 
for a small percent of the preparation. II Timothy 1:5 
says: "When I call to remrmbrance the unfeigned faith 
that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother 
Lois, and thy mother Eunice, and I am persuaded that 
in thee also." So you can see your grandparents were 
good examples to their children. Now' your parents, are 
following the Lord. Before long you will have children. 
So it goes on and on until the Lord says it is enough. 

You are young and several of you are just beginning 
your Christian walk. Take your Christian walk serious- 
ly. "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a work- 
man that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing 
the word of truth." (II Timothy- 2:15-) Study God's word 
daily, and memorize the Scripture. You can remember it 
so much better while your minds are young. When you 
study, take one topic and look up all the references 
on that subject; Some good topics to start with are, 
faith, repentance, baptism, salutation, the covering, 
and feetwashing. Another good help while your mind is 
young and alert, is to learn the order of the books of 
the Bible. This all helps us to not be embarrassed, 
and to "...Be ready always to give an answer to, every 
man that ask©t,h you a 'reason of the hope that is in you 
with meekness and fear." I Peter 3:15. 

In every decision ask, '"What does God want me to do?" 
Keep striving toward the mark for the prize I 

A grateful Brother and Sister, Everett and Nancy 


Have you ever been teased about sleeping while you 
were standing up? Of course you know you can not 
stand on your feet while you are asleep. But did you 
know that God made birds so they can perch on a. branch 
while they are sleeping? That's right. He knew it 
would be too dangerous for them to sleep on the ground 
where a prowling animal could easily catch them before 
they could awaken ^enough to fly away. So He designed 
their front toes and hind toes so that when the bird 
lifts up and straightens his leg the toes will relax 
their hold on the perch. But when the leg is sharply 
bent, as it is when the bird sleeps, the toes 
clamp the perch tightly without any effort from the 
bird. Imagine 1 Balanced on a perch, but fast asleepl 

God did not design you and me so we can sleep on 
our feet — ready for instant flight. But He gave us 
a much greater intellignnce, a spirit of wisdom to 
help keep us from danger. .The Old Testament tells 
about some soldiers who didn't lay down their weapons 
even when they were drinking from a stream — they were 
wise men, and careful. And it tells about some men 
who were rebuilding a wall to fortify a city; — with 
tools in one hand and weapons in the other. We do not 
likely have men who would like to destroy us, but we 
have an enemy who would like to defile us with 
bad attitudes and bad habits. Even when we think we 
are safe, "all is well, no enemy is in sight" — we need 
to be careful. Our blessed weapons such as obedience, 
good conscience, and purity need to be close at hand, 
ready for instant use. Even when it seems safe tc 

l?slee P«" —Stanley K. Brubaker 

THE PILGRIM Sonora, Calif. 

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VOL. 33 APRIL & MAY, 1986 NOS. 4 & 5 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." / Peter i-ti 


We believe, God, our Father, 
Thou in condescending grace, 
Hast the human heart created 
For the Spirit's dwelling place; 
Nothing else can fill the longing, 
Nothing else can satisfy, 
Till He comes in all His fulness, 
And the temple occupy. 

First we came to Thee, Father, 
Dead in trespasses and sin, 
Thou in love, and great compassion 
Opened Thine arms, and took us in; 
Now we would present our bodies . 
As a living sacrifice; 
This our reasonable service, 
And the altar sanctify. 

Come we then with hearts surrendered 
And abandoned to Thy will, 
Pleading that the Holy Spirit 
May our every. bosom fill; 
Cleanse us now and wholly save us 
From the power of guilt and sin. 
Then in all Thy glorious fulness, 
Take up Thine abode within. 

— Mrs. C. H. Morris 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the 
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Those 120 disciples who waited in Jerusalem were 
really not so much different from us* They had their 
difficulties and distractions, their frictions and 
envies. They had quarrelled about who should be the 
greatest. Some had suggested calling fire down on 
their adversaries. They had tried to forbid others to 
act in Jesus' name simply because they weren't of their 
own little group. They had also fallen asleep when 
Jesus needed them to watch with Him and had run away 
when Jesus was arrested. Jesus had to teach them and 
rebuke them time and again. In many ways they were a 
very ordinary group. 

In another way this group was very special. Human 
and imperfect as they were, they were also" Jesus 1 fol- 
lowers. Jesus referred to His disciples as "ye which 
have followed me." Peter had said, "Behold, we have 
forsaken all, and followed thee." As followers of 
Jesus they were in line for some special events. 

Jesus had told them to wait. He had made three 
distinct promises or prophecies to them that only God 
could make. When we state our intentions we are to 
add "if the Lord will," because we have no control 
over the future and cannot be sure that God will ap- 
prove our plans. But here Jesus, the Son of God, tells 
His followers what to expect if they obediently wait: 

"Ye shall be baptised with the Holy Ghost..." 

The disciples knew what water baptism was. John had 
baptized and so had Jesus. In fact, John had told the 
revelation God had given him, "Upon whom thou shalt 
see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the 
same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost." Only 
the experience itself could reveal what this would mean. 
The wind, the fire, the tongues were all evidences of 
this overwhelming experience. Later they could recog- 
nise the same bestowal of the Holy Spirit on the 


Samaritans and on the Gentiles. (Acts 8:17, 10:44-46) 

How can we evaluate this baptism or gift of the 
Holy Spirit which is for us as well as them? We are 
told by Paul (I Corinthians 12:3) that we cannot even 
say that Jesus is Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. Romans 
8:26 tells us that we are so infirm that we do not 
know what we should pray for "but the Spirit itself 
maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot 
be uttered." All inspiration is from Him, We can do 
nothing to further God's kingdom on earth without the 
Holy Spirit. Without the Spirit we are like a furnace 
without fire, a pen without ink, a saw with no teeth. 
What is a man or a church without love, joy, peace, 
longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, 
and temperance? 

With the Holy Spirit the disciples were changed men 
and women. They no longer wondered when and how to 
begin to fulfill the commission with which Jesus had 
charged them. By the Spirit they began at once and by 
the Spirit three thousand souls were "added to them." 

"Ye shall receive power.. ," 

The disciples knew Jesus had power. They had even 
used this power by doing miracles in His name. But 
they were powerless when Jesus was taken and crucified. 
They met behind closed doors for fear of the Jews. 
Where was the power? On the day of Pentecost when the 
Holy Spirit came upon them, this power was bestowed, 
and they were no longer afraid. After this we see 
Peter and John and all the apostles standing before 
the rulers and boldly declaring their primary alle- 
giance to God rather than men. We see them doing the 
miracles and the "greater works" Jesus said they would 

We see the power in the world today, or how else 
could vie stand against the floods of temptation and 
unbelief and lust around us? What other power could 
preserve God's people and God ! s word through the cent- 
uries of opposition and persecution? If any have not 
felt His power and feel helpless against temptation, 


be assured 'that it Is available by humbly asking and 
submitting to God and letting His Spirit take control, 

"Ye shall be witnesses unto me..." j 

Witnesses "bear witness ,r or testify to truth. In 
court they are " sworn in 11 to tell the truth and nothing 
but the truth. A witness to a crime or an accident 
tells what he saw . I was once called as a witness 
because I had accepted and initialed a check which 
turned out to be one of many bad ones written by a 
customer to various businesses. I was a reluctant 
witness j but I had to go, I had only to say for 
certain that the initials on the check were mine — 
that I had, In fact, received the check. We have 
much more to tell today about what God has done for 
us — if we will be willing witnesses. 

Witnesses are vital since they establish the truth. 
Jesus states this principle in Matthew 18:16 "...that 
In the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may 
be established." John writes, "(For the life was 
manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, 
snd shew unto you that eternal life, which was with 
the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which 
we have seen and heard declare we unto you..." 
(I John 1:2,3) 

-The number has grown from that 120 into thousands 
and millions. We join that "great cloud of witnesses" 
who were even before the 120 but looked forward to 
the days of the Messiah and His .salvation. 

Yes, we are ordinary people with our limitations, 
our humanness, and our fears. But God offers us the 
experience of the early Christians. We, too, can 
have the Holy Spirit and His power bestowed upon us, 
and we, too, can become witnesses of Jesus 1 resur- 
rection, glory, and grace. God warns us, "Be not 
deceived.!" More than ever, the world needs the truth 
proclaimed. Jesus said, "The harvest truly is great, 
but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord 
of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers 
into his harvest." May we be faithful witnesses* — L.C. 


The Old Brethren Church of today has a wonderful 
heritage. Two very important principles that the Old 
Brethren have upheld in their doctrine and practice in 
the past are still very critical for us to maintain. 

First is the Brethren 1 s emphasis on the superiority. 
and finality of God's word, the Bible. Our "creed 11 
(if we have one) is that the New Testament is our only 
guide for faith and practice. This basic principle, 
when taught and practiced, has been the foundation for 
many peaceful and productive years. Violation of this 
principle, either written or spoken, has resulted in 
many victories for Satan. Disobedience in daily 
practice to the teachings of Christ and the apostles 
has led to many being drawn away to the world and has 
been cause for separations and reorganizations of '„;y 
brethren and sisters desiring to live closer to our 
Lord. (II Timothy 2:16, 17) 

The second principle that has been and hopefully 
will continue to be emphasized is charity or love — : 
charity in the home, at work and in the church. The 
love of Christ has often been and still is displayed 
in the Brethren 1 s stand on non-resistance, the fellow- 
ship of believers, our close-knit families, in business, 
in church government, and many other areas. 

The Scriptural backing for this principle is enor- 
mous. .The love of God is one of the most effective 
tools that the Brethren have used in their church. It 
has been effectively used to maintain stability, to 
insure growth, to promote unity and to solve problems. 
John 13:34* Ephesians 4:31^32, I Corinthians 13:8 

The means to have unity, peace and growth are just 
as available to us today as in the past. Are we will- 
ing to let the word of God and the love of Christ 
work? If so, we have every assurance that the desired 
results will be achieved. If not, the results will 
be devastating. 

As the youngest minister in the Old Brethren Church, 
I feel inexperienced and unqualified in many ways, 


especially in church problems. But this I know: The 
Lord wants us to be victorious I Not over each other 
but over Satan. By putting God first, others second 
and ourselves last we will be triumphant I 

As Christians our personal relationship to Christ 
must be our first priority. If this is what it should 
be, the rest of our life in thought and actions will 
be a glory to God and a testimony for Jesus Christ. 
Let us be careful and guard against any doctrine that 
even suggests that an individual's spiritual condition 
is governed by anything other than the word of God. 
The closer we are to God, the closer we'll be to each 

The church is in a crucial age. The Biblical warn- 
ings of Satan's influence prior to our Lord's coming 
are evident more each day. Our church is not exempt 
from this influence, but with an increased emphasis 
on Bible truths, charity and personal relationships 
with God we have every assurance of being able to live 

If the Lord tarries, the future of our children and 
young people lies heavily in the hands of the church 
members of today, and in particular its leaders. We 
as young parents need stability and security. We need 
confidence and hope that someday our children will be 
led in the paths of peace also. Help usl 

I know that God will have a church, a true church 
and many faithful people waiting for His return when 
He comes again. My prayer is that every member of the 
Old Brethren Chruch will be a part of the company 
that is changed in the twinkling of an eye and caught 
up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord 
and be with Him forever. 

May we each be planted firmly on- the rock of Jesus 
Christ, the Son of the Living God^ and rest confident 
in the fact that the gates of hell shall not prevail 
against us. Let us strive to be faithful to the Lord 
and to each other, to keep the commandments of God and 
have the testimony of Jesus Christ. 
— Written in Christian love^ Lloyd Wagner, Modesto, Cal. 



Several weeks ago at work, I was. to make two ninety- 
minute fire doors. These doors will hold up in a fire 
for ninety minutes if the correct materials are used. 
First we have a frame that is fire treated; then we 
have a chart telling us how to mix the fireproof glue. 
We now have the frame glued together. Inside the frame, 
we put a special mineral core that will not burn. 
After the frame and core are all together, there is a 
thin layer of veneer glued on both sides. We now have 
two ninety-minute fire doors. These doors are called 
passage doors, because they go from one room to another. 
By just looking at them, you couldn't tell them from 
any other door. 

'when mixing the glue, I had to think how easy it 
would be to get careless, and not fully go by the chart. 
Also, there are some things that we dare not use or the 
fireproof ing would be void. Even if we used things we 
shouldn't and weren't too careful, when it is all mixed 
up, who would know the difference? The only way others 
would know is if there was a fire. If the glue wasn't 
mixed right, although we had a fire-treated frame, the 
doors would fall apart in extreme heat. 

Man also has a frame, and in the center there is a 
special core(soul) that need never never die. In our 
Christian walk, we also need to be fire-treated. There 
are many flames that will engulf us from day to day. 
There are also many ingredients that we cannot use 
when mixing our glue (love), if we want it fireproof. 
There are many examples of men in the Bible that didn't 
have the proper mixture, and when things got a little 
too hot for them, their frame fell apart. We also have 
the record of many that were 100^ fireproof. We can 
think of three that were cast in a furnace that was 
heated seven times hotter than ever before. After they 
were thrown in, it appeared to so m e that there were 
four walking around. When they were called to come out, 
they didn't even have the smell of smoke on their 

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clothes. This is true fireproofing. We have a per- 
fect chart to go by to build our life, but too many- 
times we get careless and cut corners; then we wonder 
what happened. Jesus says, "I am the door: by me if 
any man enter in, he shall be saved ..." We are to be 
smaller doors, open to receive one another. Our lives 
should show others the way to this Eternal door. 

Jesus humbled Himself and became like you and me, 
I am sure He didn't look different from other men. We 
all know the trials and pain He went through, but truly 
he passed the fire test. Even the centurion said, n 
"Truly this was the Son of God." Again Jesus says, 
"I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his 
life for his sheep. (John 10:11) I trust we can all 
more closely go by the perfect chart and example. 
Let's examine ourselves day by day to see if we have 
the correct ingredients. _ Evere tt Oyler 

New Paris, Indiana 


"Thus saith God the Lord, he that created the heav- 
ens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the 
earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth 
breath unto the people upon it and spirit to them that 
walk therein." (Isaiah 42:5) 

And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, 
and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and 
man became a living soul." (Genesis 2:7) 

And so the breath of life was started, and with the 
miracle of life and birth, the breath of life and 
living souls has continued through generation after 
generation until the present time. 

The death in a short while of three persons close 
to me has caused me to ponder much about how fragile a 
thing this breath of life is. We sometimes call it the 
thread of life, and truly it is— a very fine thread be- 
tween life and death. 

Mankind sometimes causes this breath to cease by 


different means. He can also resusitate a patient by 
getting the heart started again, but this sonetliiies 
leaves brain damage. 

And then one wonders: what was the condition of the 
soul before God when the breath of life stopped? I 
have stood many times at a bedside and watched the last 
breath leave the body, and thought , "How good that the * 
soul is in the hands of a just God. 11 Ought we then as 
Matthew 10:28 tells us "And fear not them which kill 
the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but 
r?ther fear him which is able to destroy both soul and 
body in -hell." 

There is another kind of life. The birth of a new 
born baby Is a miracle, and how breath begins and a 
new soul is born is a marvel to us. We as individuals 
have no choice about being born the first time. But 
there is another kind of birth or new life that is by 
choice. That is a new life in Christ. 

And what a beautiful thing this new life is to 
behold, when the soul yields to God's call to the 
heart and begins a new life in Christ, We rejoice each 
time another soul invites Christ into his heart and 
requests baptism. We need to encourage them, support 
them, and grow in grace with them. 

Much could be written on these subjects and much 
time could be spent studying God f s word on these sub- 
jects. I hope these few thoughts I've shared will help 
us think often on these things. 

Elma Moss 
Greenville, Ohio 


We of the Salida Congregation rejoiced much when 
another precious soul, Kevin Garber, was received into 
our fellowship April 6 by a public confession of faith 
in Jesus Christ and Holy Baptism. May he be faithful 
and helpful in the Kingdom of God. 

— Joseph L. Cover 



The heavens scowled sudden and blackly 
On this most depraved deed of men. 

Their Maker they murdered hangs slackly^ 
But still intercedes in deep pain. 

The earth beneath sobs with great quaking; 

The rocks of the mountains are riven * 
The graves of the saints are up-breaking^ 

As earthlings prevail over heaven. 

Creation grieves with its Creator^ 

Expiring on Golgotha f s hill. 
He — Bian r s lone Emancipator — 

Grows faint as the evening grows chill. 

His friends ^ sunk in sad disillusion ^ 
Are watching the scene from afar 5 

As death with its tearful intrusion 

Leaves them without Hope's shining star. 

The minions of night are rejoicing 
To see their great Challenger dead. 

And now in loud clamor are voicing 
Their joy at no judgment ahead. 

But then with the deepest dejection, 

They see their false hopes quickly fall; 

For He Is all men T s Resurrection, 
And He will be judging them all. 

So sinners and demons will tremble > 
For some day before Him they 1 11 stand; 

Before Him they all shall assemble 
To answer the law's just demand. 

For He is the Judge of all nations; 

All people His praises shall sing 
Who lai4 a bright City*s foundations — 

Great or j Redeemer and King. 


When sin is forever extinguished, 
And death stops exerting its pall; 

His kingdom to God is relinquished, 
That God may be all and in all. 

By John F. Dorsey Selected by Susie Sell 


"Thank you, dear Lord, 
For this beautiful day." 
How can I say it? 
There's such disarray... 

The dishes are stacked, 
The floor goes unswept; 
The mending 1 s undone, 
This house is unkempt I 

But, thank you, dear Lord, 
For this beautiful day; 
The children are smiling 
In their happy way* 

tte filled all our vases 
With gay Springtime's best; 
Listened for birds, 
And found a new nest. 

The cookies were burned, 
And the bread didn ! t rise; 
But we touched each child, 
Looked into their eyes. 

So 5 thank you, dear Lord, 
For this beautiful day; 
The children will too soon 
Be gone away. 

— Susan Harper 
Nappanee y Indiana 



When Phillip and. Andrew told Jesus the Grecians 
wanted to see Hk 5 He knew His witness of the truth 
had spread beyond His own nation and it was time to 
finish His witness , and let the -Spirit , who could 
reach every living soul on the earthy come and carry 
on the work, to all that sought the truth without re- 
spect of persons. To each of us that seek the truth 
is given- the measure we are able to use. 

John the Baptist and Jesus manifested a new doctrine 
of God ! s dealing with man. As Jesus said, "Many pro- 
phets and righteous men have desired to see these 
things which ye see, and have not seen them." The 
prophets spoke of the glorious day of Salvation in 
which we live, when the Spirit would be poured out on 
all. Jesus said He stands at the door and knocks. He 
also said His words are' Spirit and they are life. 
Today we have His words recorded in convenient form to 
study as often as we will. So the love of God is shed 
abroad In our hearts by the Holy Ghost which He has 
given c When asked about commandments, He gave two; 
The first a total devotion to God. The second to love 
our neighbors as ourselves. This second calls for a 
great effort in these evil times in which we live. 
The Christian has great responsibility. Hebrews 12:14 
"Follow peace with all men, and. holiness, without which 
no man shall see the Lord." Jesus said, "By this shall 
all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love 
one to another." So let us center our attention on 

the great commands. 

— Ernest Wagner 

Modesto, California 


Thomas Royer 26354 C R. 3$ 

Goshen, Ind, 46526 




The title ascribes it to Jude the brother of James, 
and nowhere does the epistle claim to be by an apostle; 
on the contrary, verse 17 gives the impression that 
the author was not of the Twelve. The James who is 
mentioned can hardly be any other than James the bro- 
ther of the Lord, one of the three pillars of the 
Jewish-Christian Church, while the Jude must be the 
Judas (Jude) of Matt. 13:55; Mark 6:3, a son of Mary 
and therefore not an apostle. It Is noticeable that 
neither Jude nor his brother James in their epistles 
claims other than a spiritual relationship to Christ 
(" servant of Jesus Christ" — and in a subordinate 
sense solely the mark of a becoming modesty). Between 
the epistles of James and of Jude there are many points 
of contact. The titles are so similar that the first 
verse of Jude seems a reminiscence of James 1:1; both 
lack personal greetings and each Is meant for a 
wide circle of the Church' and has the character of an 
encyclical (general letter to many places) though of 
the two the epistle of Jude seems to have the larger 
scope, not being directed to "the twelve tribes" 
(James 1:1) With this large circle of readers ("them 
that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved 
in Jesus Christ") everything in the epistle agrees. 
The matters discussed are those in which the whole 
Church has interest; while the occasion might be local, 
the theme is general — salvation (verse 3)- The epistle, 
like that of James, is directed against a form of 
worldliness which might arise either from Jewish or 
heathen surroundings, and may have in mind a developed 
form of antinomianism. Jude has also In mind actual 
moral depravity against which he gives warning.*. 
— Schaff-Herzog Religious Encyclopedia. 

In the New Testament Church there were two Judes: 
Judas, ore of the Twelve Apostles (Luke 6:l6), and 
Judas, the brother of Jesus (Matthew 13-55)* • The 
latter is commonly regarded as the writer of this 


Epistle . 

Eusebius relates that Domitian, in his persecution 
of Christians, A,D. 96, looking up the heirs of the 
kingdom of David, ordered the arrest of the grandsons 
of Jude the brother of Jesus, They told the Emperor 
that they were farmers, and lived by the toil of their 
hands, and that Christ's kingdom was not a kingdom of 
this world, but would be manifested when He comes in 
glory at the end of the world to judge the living and 

The similarity of the situation to that mentioned 
in II Peter suggests the possibility that this epistle 
may have been addressed to the same churches, which 
it seems from II Peter 3*1> were the same as those to 
whom I Peter was addressed, which were. In Asia Minor 
(I Peter 1:1). It was probably written about A.D. 67. 

— Halley ! s Bible Handbook 


The Annual Meeting of the Old Brethren Church will 
be held this year, the Lord willing, on May 16, 17, 
and 18 at the meeting house near Wakarusa, Indiana. 
Friday will be council day; Saturday and Sunday (Pente- 
cost) will be for public preaching; and Saturday even- 
ing will be for the Communion service. A hearty in- 
vitation is extended to all of our brethren, sisters, 

and friends to attend. **-,_. 

— Melvm Coning 


ROYER - A daughter, Laura Rose, born March 27 to Rex 
and Janice Royer of Mappanee, Indiana, 

ROYER - A son, Craig Allen, born April 14 to Paul and 
Rose Royer of Goshen, Indiana. 



• • 

About the year A.D. 304, during the persecutions of 
the cruel Roman emperor named Diocletian, a Christian 
widow named Julitta tried to escape persecution. 

Julitta fled from her home town of Iconium in cen- 
tral Asia Minor to Seleucia to the south and from 
there to Taurus, another city in Asia Minor. 

Her fleeing was of little use, for at Taurus the \ 
Roman authorities arrested her ahd her three-year-old 
son Quiricus. The ruler in Taurus, Alexander by name, 
had Julitta beaten with tough cowhides to persuade 
her to give up Christianity. 

During the beating, Alexander tried to still the 
frightened boy, but Quiricus squirmed loose and ran 
to his mother. But Alexander caught him up again. 
This time Quiricus kicked and scratched the tyrant. 
In his rage, Alexander took the boy by one leg and 
pitched him down the stone stairs. 

Poor Julitta, in her sorrow, addressed Alexander: 
"Thou needest not think that I am so timid as to be 
conouered by tJy cruelties for the tearing of my body 
shall not intimidate me, nor the racking of my mem- 
bers move my spirit; neither shall the threats of . 
the fire, nor death itself be able to separate me 
from the love of Christ. The greater the torments 
are with which you threatem me, the more acceptable 
they are to me; for I hope thereby the sooner to come 
to my dear son. . ." 

At this, Alexander had the brave woman suspended 
from a stake. She was torn with iron combs, melted 
tar poured over her tsm wounds. Lastly they chopped 
off her... head.. 

We could repeat hundreds of similar stories of 

other martyrs throughout the Roman Empire. They 

willingly gave their life for the One who first gave 

His life for them. 1 , ... ^ . , 

— Adapted from Ma rtyrs Mirror 

. From God T s World — His Story by Roger L. Berry 


"Look! There T s a bati" someone shouted, and, sure 
enough: flying erratically over our heads was a brown 
bat. As we stood in the fading daylight we watched the 
strange air-mammal dart over the garden where we were 
standing, then above the pond, between the maple 
trees, and over a little stream. It zig-zagged with an 
amazing speed — amazing when we considered that a bat 
does not have good eyesight to see where it is goingl 
How could it navigate so swiftly, if it did not use 
its eyes? And the answer to that question is another 
one of nature* s wonderful miracles. 

God created bats with a most astonishing sonar 
system — one believed by scientists to be a billion 
times more efficient and sensitive than any radar or 
sonar system built by man. As the tiny creatures fly 
they send out a stream of up to 200 ultrasonic beeps 
each second, and constantly use the echoes to tell 
when they are getting too close to a tree or electric 
wire, and to help them locate tiny insects. In one 
experiment bats flew around in a dark room, avoiding 
28 hair-thin wires, even while 70 loudspeakers blared 
out beeps on the same frequency 200G times louderi 

Did you ever see a person wandering aimlessly in 
life , always bumping into trouble, unable to find food 
for happiness? God has also created a spiritual " sonar 
system" for us. The thoughts and words and deeds that 
continually stream out from our hearts bounce off 
other people and circumstances to tell us what and 
where we are. If we use God T s wisdom to properly 
read the echoes and react to them^ all will be well. 

— Stanley K. Brubaker 


Sonora. Calif. 
19201 Cherokee Rd. 
Tuolumne, Calif. 95379 


VOL. 33 JUNE, 1986 MO. 6 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." t Peter 2: n 


What though before me all Is dark, 
Why should I long to see? 

If God gives light for one step more 
T Tis quite enough for me, 

I find each onward step I take, 
The gloom clears from the next, 

And though 'tis very dark beyond, 
Why should I be perplexed? 

If mercy veils my fate from me 
Why should I murmuring go? 

My present lot might harder be 
Did I the future know. 

With childish faith I'll walk along 
My path while here I dwell, 

And trust my future lot to Him 
Who doeth all things well. 

Thus step by step I'll travel on, 

Not looking far before; 
Trusting that I shall always have 

Just light for one step more. 

— Selected by Bertie Baker 
^ rom Spiritual Hymns 

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To meet the needs . of our time! To be effectively 
used of God to counter the latest device of Satan S To 
be instant in season, out of season! How important-it 
is I The battle changes, and what used to be a battle- 
field is today a peaceful "Flanders Field 11 scene of 
graves and crosses. Yesterday's struggles are in the 
past ^ and fresh ones fill their places today. But 
principles of right and wrong remain the same. 

Three thousand years ago, the armies of Israel under 
the crafty general Joab faced a desperate army of 
Ammonites who had hired 33>OCO Syrians to help them. 
The Ammonites had insulted David's messengers sent to 
offer sympathy and comfort on the occasion of the death 
of King Hanun's father. Thinking they were spies they 
" shaved off the one half of their beards, and cut off 
their garments in the middle, even to their buttocks, 
and sent them away." So the armies met, and Joab sensed 
a hard battle ahead. His strategy, no doubt, matched 
his reputation: "Mien Joab saw that the front of the 
battle was against him before and behind, he chose of 
all the choice men of Israel, and put them in array 
against the Syrians: And the rest of the people he de- 
livered into the hand of Abishai his brother, that he 
might put them in array against the children of Amnion. 
And he said, If the Syrians be too strong for me, then 
thou shalt help me: but if the children of Amnion be too 
strong for thee, then I will come and help thee. Be 
of good courage, and ^et us play the men for our people, 
and for the cities of our God: and the Lord do that 
which seemeth him good." (II Samuel 10:9-12') Joab's 
army routed the Ammonites so thoroughly, even with 
more Syrian reinforcements, that "the Syrians feared 
to help the children of Amnion any more." 

We notice several features of this particular battle 
that make it like our spiritual struggle against the 


special tactics of Satan of our time. The first is the 
condition of the enemy* Satan has made some bad 
choices and given high insults to the God of Heaven in 
exalting himself and mistreating God's servants. He 
has a multitude of hired mercenaries in the form of 
unbelievers, humanists, evolutionists , communists , etc. 
not to mention his host of fallen angels. We stand 
like Joab when he "saw that the front of the battle 
was against him before and behind." Satan is also des- 
perate because he kno^s his time is short: these last 
days display his vilest efforts. 

The second feature is Joab T s strategy. He divided 
the army into two companies with the agreement that they 
would help each other wtten help was needed. One out- 
standing difference in our situation today compared to 
former times, is our independence. This is not perhaps 
by design as much as fcy our environment. We are taught 
independence in every other area. In our businesses 
or jobs, the more independent we are, the more it seems 
to prove our success. Me decide when to buy a car or 
a home, what kind, and how much to spend. We plan our 
own tine, our meals and our going and coming. We 
would not want someone else to decide these things. 
But in our spiritual experience we are expected to help 
each other and to accept help. In fact, we are very 
much in need of each other 1 s help., Many Scriptures 
speak of this? "Bear ye one another's burdens;" "Con- 
fess your faults one to another, and pray one for an- 
other that ye may be healed;" "We then that are strong 
ought lo bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to 
please ourselves." We know that we should depend on 
one another and help each other. But we find ourselves 
used to independence. And so Satan strikes in this 
very area tempting us to carry over the spirit of inde- 
pendence into the church and our spiritual lives. 

I remember as a youth hearing an old elder emphasize 
that one man cannot represent the church. We are not 
separate little islands bit part of a great host of 
believers past, present, and future. 

While we each need help of our brethren when 
the battle Rets hot- and the enemv ^ strcnc, we must 


realize that our help is also needed. We may sit 
around mourning that nobody understands or shares with 
us when what we need to know is that we could be help- 
ing someone else* 

Contractors know that idle equipment means waste 
and loss. A truck or dozer must be kept running to pay 
for the huge investment. Similarly, each idle person 
(idle in the spiritual sense) represents waste and 
loss. We are called to fight the good fight of faith 
and to do it with our might. 

Another feature of Joab*s battle compared to ours 
is his dependence on the Lord. He said,, "...the Lord 
do that which seemeth him good. 11 This did not mean 
that Joab sat back and let the battle happen. He 
planned j he organized; he encouraged his men. Bat with 
it all , he knew that the Lord must give them success 
or they would lose the battle. 

One of Satan 1 s devices in these last days Is divi- 
sion. It is true that there lias always been division. 
Churches of the last few centuries have divided again 
and again. They seemed very critical ox one another, 
competitive and particular about the details that dis- 
tinguished them as denominations. Somehow, it seems 
that our generation has seen that division isn't always 
the best solution. And yet Satan is perhaps more di- 
visive than ever. And so we suffer, clinging together 
knowing tjliat our hope is not In dividing more, but in 
somehow drawing closer to one another and to all 
Christians . * 

The answer to this dilemma is that first commandment 
of our Saviour: n Love. one another." But how we love 
is so important. Love doesn't overlook error but seeks 
to rescue and correct. Positive Christian love is 
unifying and without it, though we have all faith, 
knowledge and gifts, we are nothing. The temptation 
is to forsake this love,, abandon one another and our 
duty, and go our own way and n do our own thing." And 
our very Christian fellowship and happiness is at stake. 

Though we still have a divided denominational set- 
ting in the Christian churchy may we lose the compet- 


itive critical spirit of the past and seek to promote 
fellowship and success in all true Christians. William 
Law in The Power of the Spirit written in the early 
1700 ! s has this comment that seems to fit our time: 

"•••I cannot consider myself as belonging only to 
one society of Christians as distinct from all others. 
It would be as hurtful to me as any worldly partiality. 
And therefore as the corruptions and imperfections 
which some way or other are to be found in all churches 
hinder not my communion with that under which my lot 
Is fallen, so neither do they hinder my being in full 
union and hearty fellowship with all that is Christian 
holy , and good in every other church division.." 

nay we lean on our Lord Jesus and the power of His 
Spirit and win the latest battles with which Satan 
confronts us. — L.C, 


By the counsel of the Church, in response to a re- 
quest from the members in Brazil for help to. organize 
a Church district and hold a Love Feast 9 Brother Joseph 
Cover and Sister Carol, Brother Mollis Flora and Sister 
Charlotte journeyed to Rio Verde, Goias, Brazil, to 
assist in this work. Sister Elma Moss also travelled 
with us. Our plane flight from Miami, Florida, arrived 
in Brazil Thursday, April 3, and we returned to the 
U.S.A. April 17. Brother Russell Garber came a week 
later on April 10. 

Regular worship services were held the first Sunday 
morning and evening and the following Tuesday and Thurs- 
day evenings. The yearly visit was paid to all the 
members in their homes and the visit Council and organ- 
ization Council took place Friday evening . The Love 
Feast was on Sunday with morning worship service and the 
Communion in the evening. 

The members in council selected Brother Wade Flora 
for their minister, and he was installed in the first 
degree of the ministry with 'his wife, Sister Violet. 
Brother Wade then expressed a need for an oversight 
elder and the Church unitedly agreed that they would 


be happy to have Brother Joseph L. Cover for their pre- 
siding elder. 

There are ten members in Brazil, eight of which 
attended the Communion, One sister was sick and. one 
brother stayed away saying he was confused and needed- 
time to get in a condition to commune acceptably. 

We considei it a special blessing of God to have had 
the opportunity to meet and fellowship, to work and wor- 
ship with the Brazilian members, and to see the beauti- 
ful and bountiful land that God has given them for 
their home on His earth. Their sincere Christian love 
and hospitality to us and their honest, humble desire 
to be united in the faith and practice of the Gospel of 
our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is a real inspiration 
and cause for thanksgiving. 

There are several family relatives and other friends 
who attend meeting, many of them young people. The 
members are very concerned about their families and 
their need for salvation and have asked us to remember 
them in prayer and to convey their greetings of 
Christian love to all the members in North America. 

In the service of Christ and His Church, 

— Hollis Flora 


In behalf of the brethren and sisters of the Rio 
Verde, Brazil District we want to express our love, 
appreciation , and thanks to all of our dear brethren 
and sisters in North America, for your support over the 
years and for recently sending brethren here to organ- 
ize a district and officiate a Love Feast meeting for 
us. May our Father in heaven continue to be glorified 

and His Kingdom continue to grow. 

—Wade Flora 

We can praise our Heavenly Father that sorrows 
and disappointments are not meant to disfigure but 
to transform us. 




Judaism made the To'rah or Law its Christ. The Law 
was the central pivot of Judaism, The great teachers 
of the Hebrew nation declared that the To rah existed 
from the beginning. The Torah lay in God*s bosom. It 
rested on God ! s knee. They declared that the Torah was 
the instrument by which God created the world. They be- 
lieved that the Torah was his handmaid and his tool by 
which he set the bounds of the deep and assigned the 
function of the sun and the* moon. A rabbinic author- 
called the Torah God T s firstborn by which he created 
the heaven and the earth. Another said that without 
the Torah the world falls. A rabbinic teacher declared 
that the Torah was the light for the world. Other rab- 
binic authorities referred to the Torah as the light 
which lights every man, the fountain of life, the 
giver of life. 

Lest we ridicule the rabbis, we must remember that 
the radical importance which they gave to the Torah did 
not merely embrace the rules and precepts for living 
found in the five books of Moses. The Torah included 
the entire Old Testament Scriptures (see John 10:34), 
and especially the record of God T s saving deeds for 
Israel in the Exodus and throughout their history. 
Furthermore, the Old Testament itself exalted the im- 
portance of the Torah. 

But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in 
his law doth he meditate day and night. (Psalm 1:2) 
The law of the Lord Is perfect, converting the soul: 
the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the 
simple. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing 
the heart: the commandment .of the Lord is pure, enlight- 
ening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, endur- 
ing for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and 
righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than 
gold, yea, than much fine, gold: sweeter also than honey 
and the honeycomb. ' ' « 

Psalm 119 is preeminently a psalm in praise of the 
Torah. In this psalm the two words "law" and "word 11 


are' -frequently used interchangeably. Thus, "Great peace 
have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend 
them. 11 (Ps. 119:165), and, "Thy word have I hid in mine 
heart j that I might .not sin against thee. 11 (Ps. 119:11). 
In Psalm 119 the To rah or the Law is made synonymous 
with the word of God. It is likened to food, to meat 
and drink, to wealth. It is called the wisdom of God. 
It is equated with light and life and salvation. 

In Proverbs 8 the .Torah or Law is called wisdom 
which "the Lord possessed. . .in the . beginning of his 
way> before his works of old." (Prov. 8:22), 

It seems , therefore, that Judaism had some basis for 
praising the Law. Nevertheless, while Judaism made the 
Law its Christ, the New Testament makes Christ its law. 
Throughout the New Testament, Christ is presented not 
only es the new exodus, the manifestation of God's 
saving deed, but also as the new norm for the life of 
God*s people. The apostle John, for example, takes all 
the titles of honor and exaltation that Judaism had be- 
stowed on the Lav/ and transfers them to the person of 
Jesus Christ. 

u In the beginning was the Word, and the. 'Word was with 
God, and the Word was God. The same was in the begin- 
ning with God. All things vie re made by him; and without 
him was not any thing made that was made. In him was 
life; and the life was the light of men J 1 (John 1:1-4) 
"No. man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten 
Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, ' he hath de- 
clared him. " (John 1:18) "That was the true Light, which 
lighteth every man that cometh into the world." (John 1:9) 

John takes the honor which Judaism had bestowed on 
the .Torah. and. transfers it to Jesus Christ. The true 
Word, the true Light, the true Fountain of Life, the 
true Agent by which God made the world was not the old 
Torah. The old Torah was only a shadow pointing toward 
the true and living Torah of God. In the New Testament 
it is clear that God's Torah Is the person of Jesus 
Christ. Throughout the Gospel .of John the apostle 
takes those titles which Judaism had ascribed to the 
Law and ascribes them to Jesus Christ. Thus: 

am pilgrim 

"I am the bread of life." (John 6:35) "If any man 
thirst , let him come unto me, and drink." (John 7:37) 
"I am the light of the world: he that followeth me 
shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of 
life." (John 8:12) "I am the good shepherd:" (John 
10:11) "I am the way, the truth, and the life:" (John 

Scholars have shown that the expressions bread, water, 
life, light., way,truth and life, which Judaism had 
ascribed to, the Law, were transferred by John to the 
person of Jesus Christ. Iri a similar manner, other New 
Testament writers move the Law from its central position 
In Judaism and make the very person of Jesus Christ the 
center of the New Testament. This is the theme of 
Matthew. Matthew' presents the infant Jesus as the new 
Moses who escapes the xvrath of Herod, just as the in- 
fant Moses escaped the wrath of Pharaoh. Like Moses, 
Jesus comes out of Egypt. He passes through" the waters 
of baptism as Moses., and Israel had done. Then Matthew 
presents the Sermon on the Mount as the counterpart of 
the giving of the Law on Mount Sinai. Here it is not 
the authority. of Moses but the authority of Jesus 
Christ which is given final authority. 

In the old times Moses said, "*Do not murder... 1 
But I (the new Moses) tell you that anyone who is angry 
with his brother will be subject to judgment" (Matt. 
5:21,22; cf. Exod. .20:13). Moses said, "'Anyone who 
divorc-s his wife must give her a certificate of di- 
vorce." But I tell you that anyone who divorces his 
wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to 
commit adultery." (Matt, 5:31,32; cf. Deut. 24:1). The 
old Torah declared, "'Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth. 1 
But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If some- 
one strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the 
other also." (Matt. 5:38,39) cf. Exod. 21:24 NIV) 

The rabbis called the Torah or the Law a yoke, and, 
indeed, it became a yoke that Peter declared "neither 
we nor our fathers have been able to bear" (Acts 15:10). 
Our Lord therefore gave the great invitation, "Come unto 
me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will 


give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and loam of me, 
(Matthew 11:28,29) This yoke is the very person of 

Christ himself. m n n , ". . 

To Be Continued 

By Robert D. Brinsmead From Verdict Report 
Selected by Kenneth Garber 


NATE .11 L. .VID ROYER, son of ' Roscho and Susan Royer, was 
torn in Dallas County Iowa, May 29$ 1909. On May. 3, 
1986 j he passed away in the same house In which he was 
born and spent his entire life of 76 years ? 11 months, 
and 4 days . 

He was united In marriage to Grace Moss on September 
21, 1933. She preceded him -in death'. on August 4, 1948. 
He Is survived by -Gerald and Lois Royer of Dallas Center, 
Iowa j Mary Ellen Chupp and husband Alvin, also of Dallas 
Center; and Elden and wife Judy of Mel, Iowa; 

His life was spent farming as, long as his health 

In 1940 he joined the Dunkard Brethren Church. He 
served as a deacon and treasurer for many years. 

Besides his children he leaves one sister,, Anna 
Mary. Vlinger of Grants Pass, Oregon, nine grandchildren: 
Dan Chupp of Quinter, Kansas j Don, Cynthia, Laura, 
Brian, and Ryan Chupp of Dallas Center, Iowa; Brenda, 
Anthony and Duane Royer of Adel, Iowa; and two great- 
grandchildren: Justin and Tiffany Chupp of Quinter, 
Kansas . 

Services were held at the Dunkard Brethren Church, 
Dallas-- Center, Iowa on. May 6. Bro. Fred Pifer offi- 
ciated with Bro. Joseph Flora and Bro. Ray Reed assist- 
ing. Burial was in the Brethren Cemetery, 


I am home in Heaven, dear ones 5 
All's so happy, all's so bright 3 

There's perfect joy and beauty 
In this everlasting light. 


All the pain and grief are over ; 

Every restless tossing passed; 
I an now at peace forever, 

Safely home in Heaven at last. 

Did you wonder I so calmly 
Trod the Valley of the Shade? 

Oh I but Jesus' love illumined 
Every dark and fearful glade. 

And He came Himself to meet me ■ 
In that way so hard to tread; 

And with Jesus' arm to lean on, 
Could I have one doubt or dread? 

Then you must not grieve so sorely. 
For I love you dearly still; 

Try to look beyond earth's shadows, 
Fray to trust our Fathers will. 

There Is work still waiting for you. 
So you must not idle standi 

Do your work while life remameth — 
You shall rest in Jesus' land. 

When that work Is all completed, 
He '.all gently call you home; 

Oh, the rapture of the meeting I 
Oh, the joy to see you cornel 


Psalm. 139^4: ".For there is not a word in my tongue, 

but, Lo, Lord thou knowest it altogether." The 

words that rise in* our tongues come from our hearts. 

Even if we are unable to speak we feel the impulse • 

Apostle James tells us no man is able to control his 

tongue, so the control has to be in the heart. Jesus 

said by our words we will be justified or condemned. 

So It is very necessary to let His word be our delight, 

and control our thoughts . 

— Ernest Wagner, Modesto, Ca. 

12 tie pinmiM_ 



The Revelation or Apocalypse was a direct revelation 
of God to the Apostle John. It was given partly by 
Jesus Christ who appeared in glory to John uhen He 
spoke messages to the seven churches of Asia, John was 
instructed to write his visions and send them to the 
churches. " . . .What thou seest, write In a book, and send 
it unto 'the seven churches which are in Asia; unto 
Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto 
Thyatira, and unto Sarclis, and unto Philadelphia, and 
unto Laodicea-." (1:1) Much of the rest of the book was 
given "ay angels as spoken rneesages or vivid pictures 
shown to John. Some of the things he saw he vras not to 

John vras banished to the Isle of Patmos In the Med- 
iterranean off the coast of Asia Minor as he said in 
1:9: l, I John, who also em your companion In tribulation, 
and In the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in 
the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God. 
and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. " Halley unites, 
11 This according to Apostolic tradition, was in the per- 
secution of Domitian, about A.D. 95. The next year, 
A.Do 96, John vras released, and permitted to return to 
Ephesus. The use of the past tense, "was" in Patmos, 
seems to indicate that, while he saw the visions in 
patmos, it was after his release and return to Ephesus, 
that he wrote the Ijook, about A.D. 96. (Halley <s Bible 
Handbook p. 683, 604) 

This book of Revelation amplifies and explains fur- 
ther Jesus 1 discourse given in Matthew 2L V> Mark 13 ^ and 
Luke 21. It speaks of hope and victory for the Church 
of Jesus Christ. What untold comfort and encouragement 
this message of overcoming must have been to the martyrs 
and persecuted ones of past ages I May it be encourage- 
ment also to us. We may not understand everything told, 
but we certainly can catch the note of victory for G-od's 
people and the vanquishing of the host of Satan for 
eternity* — L.C. 
(This concludes our History of the Bible series*/ 



11 1 am the Bread of Life. 11 John 6:35 
He is compared to wine or bread: 
Dear Lord., our souls must thus be fed; 
That fleshy that dying blood of Thine 
Is Bread of Life^ is heavenly Wine* 

"I am the vine, ye are the branches/ 1 John 15:5 

Is He a vine? His heavenly root 

Supplies the branches with life and food,, 

Oh; let a lasting union join 

My soul — a branch — to Christ the vine. 

Paul says He is ,! a Rock." I Cor. 10:4 

Is He a Rock? How firm He proves! 

The "Rock of Ages" never moves 9 

Yet the sv/eet streams that from Him flow, 

Attend us all the desert through* 

"I am the way. 11 John 14-: 6 

Is He a Way? He leads to God, 

The path Is drawn with lines of blood. 

There would I- walk with hope and zeal, 

Till I arrive at Zion's Hill. 

ir I am the door, by me, if any man enter 

in he shall be saved, and shall go in 

and out and find pasture." John 10:9 

Is He a Door? I 1 11 enter in* 

Behold the pasture large and green,, 

A paradise divine and fair,, 

None but the sheep have access there. 

11 Behold I lay In Zion a chief comer 

stone, I Peter ,2: 6 

Is He designed a Corner Stone 

For men to build their faith upon? • '. 

I 1 11 make Him my foundation .to 03 

Nor fear the plot's of hell below. 


"I am the bright, the morning star.' 1 

Rev. 22:16 
Is He a Star? He breaks the night:; 
Piercing the shades to dawning light: 
I see His glories from afar^ 
He is the bright , the morning Star* 

— Selected by Emanuel and Catherine Garber 


The members of the Eastern District of the Old 
Brethren assembled In council on Friday , May 16,, 19$6j 

and decided to establish two congregations from the 
original one: one near Bradford, Ohio, and one ne&r 
Wakarusa, Indiana. May the Lord bless each congrega- 
tion to grow in numbers and true piety. 

-Melvin Coning 


On Tuesday, May 20, we rejoiced with the angels 
of heaven when Linda Wagner was taken into church 
fellowship by Christian baptism near Dayton, Ohio, 
May she be faithful unto eternal life. 

— Hollis Flora 


ROYER - A daughter, Honna Leanne, born May 21 to Tim 
and Linda Royer of Goshen, Indiana. 


I was lost in doubt and fear, 
And it cost a sigh and tear. 

I was won to faith and peace: 
God the Son bought my release. 
Selected by Susie Wagner 




Just see how short this candle is, 

This candle that I hold. 

It represents a man who found 

The Lord when he was old. 

And though his light is shining now 

And bright beyond a doubt , 

He hasn ! t much to give because 

His light will soon go out. 

This candle that' I have vail 

-Burn much longer than the other. 

I love its glowing -light, don'-t you? 

It represents a mother. 

She found the Lord in middle -age- 

Her children were all grown. 

If only' she had known the Lord 

When they were still at home I 

This candle is a large one; 

It represents a youth 

V p ao gave his heart to God 

And walks the path of right and truth. 

His light can shine out long and bright 

With many trophies won., 

With more to give because 

He found the Lord when he was young. 

Which candle do you want to be? 
The short one or the tall? 
The voice of Jesus calls to you 
Come now; give Christ your all. 

— Selected by Everett Oyler 

To the Israelites, Goliath is "too big to hit;" 
but to little. David, he is "too big to miss." 

— Selected 


I stood beside the big maple tree on Grandpa's farm 
arid stared with amazement at the strange object I had 
spied clinging to its rough bark. As curious as a little 
country boy could be, I stretched tall to reach it, and 
tugged it loose. It seemed even stranger in my hand: 
a thin transparent golden shell with the huge shape 
of a goggle-eyed insect , split open up its back. 

And it was so brittle. How could the insect which 
had once lived in this Btrange shell possibly have 
climbed out and left the shell so perfect — each tiny 
leg vjrb evident in the shapes of the shell. How could 
the creature,, whatever it was, have pulled its six 
legs out of this dark plastic coating without splitting 
it? How could it have climbed out the slit in the 
shell's back? How could it have left the shape of its 
eyes, its feet, and its body behind — completely 
joined together? 

Years passed. No longer a little country boy, but 
now a grown man, I stood quietly beside a coffin and 
looked with grief and joy and wonder at the object 
inside. In almost every way it looked like Grandpa. 
The shape of the head, the noble face that had once 
talked to me of God, the hands and arms hanging beside 
the body — how very much they appeared to be as they 
had been when I had walked with that person around the 
farm. But I knew I was only seeing a shell. The real 
person I called Grandpa was gone. Like the cicada, the 
time for change had come. As I marveled at life and 
its leaving, I was again but a little boy, in the 
presence of a wonderful miracle of God. 

— Stanley K. Brubaker 

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"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul-." / Peter z:ii 


Exquisite, beautifully carved « 

The alabaster box. 
A rich perfume, costly and rare 

Within its depth it locks. 

A woman bears it carefully, 

Until at Jesus ! feet, 
She breaks it, and the air is filled 

With scent so rich and sweet. 

Broken and useless now it seems. 

Ah! no; consider, see 
For this intent it was designed; 

A poignant mystery, 

— Miriam J. Sauder 

Lancaster, Penna. 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the 
Old Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $2.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing Editor: Leslie Cover 

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Little Musky the musk ox calf ran bawling to his 
shaggy mother. He had sensed danger and had caught 
sight of several gray forms lurking nearby. Noxtf the 
whole herd realized that wolves were sneaking close 
hoping to single out a calf they could kill and feast 

Musk oxen are smelly beasts more like goats than 
cows, but much larger. Their horns are broad, curving 
down beside their heads, then out into sharp points. 
Their fur is thick for they inhabit the northland of 
Greenland and North America. 

Musk oxen are swift runners but when danger threat- 
ens they do not run away. Musky and the other calves 
were quickly herded into the center of the herd. Then 
the adult oxen turned to face the menacing wolves. 
With their heads out and their unprotected hind quar- 
ters toward the center of the circle, they presented 
to the wolves a united front of formidable horns and 
dashing hooves. The young were kept inside the ring 
in safety. The wolves had to give up and go away 

Though Musky is not real, the picture is true of 
musk oxen. These beasts, created by God, are given a 
herd instinct that allows them to survive in the most 
severe conditions. Alone they would soon perish. 

God gives us many lessons in nature. Jesus says we 
are His sheep and He is our good Shepherd. But these 
creatures of the wild have no shepherd. God takes 
care of them by giving them instincts that enable them 
to survive. We are to be harmless as doves and wise 
as serpents. Sheep are not too wise — in fact they are 
stupid and need a shepheM. We also need our Shepherd. 
But we need each other and we need to help one another. 

Satan is our enemy and he uses the temptations and 
weaknesses of man to his advantage. Alone we are easy 


targets for his tricks. He is sneaky like a wolf. 
But we can take a lesson from this shaggy creature of 
the northland. Together and helping one another we 
can resist the enemy. James 4:7 says, " Submit your- 
selves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will 
flee from you. 11 

I like the picture of the young in the center of 
the ring of defense. Our homes, schools, and congre- 
gations should all have the protection of the children 
and youth as a goal and purpose. The wolves waiting 
to devour give a picture of sin and Its effect on 
young people. 

The ravages of sin seem also like the disease of 
cancer. We recently lost a friend to this disease. 
He went down quickly — in less than a year. For some 
it is even faster. We are told that one can have a 
malignant tumor for years and not know it. But when 
this tumor begins to shed abnormal cells and spread to 
vital organs, then its effects are felt, and it is 
usually too late to have complete healing. 

Sin is sneaky and so is its author. It can appear 
so harmless and can be indulged in for years without 
too much apparent harm. But if it is pre sent , it is 
like the malignant tumor; sooner or later it will show, 
begin to spread, and its effects will be felt. Unless 
something is done it will soon be too late. 

Consider the results of immoral behaviour,, rebellion 
against authority, drug abuse, stealing, lying, swear- 
ing, time wasting, and worldliness in general. These 
are all progressive, habit forming, and leading to 
death. In their early stages of indulgence, they may 
all seem fairly hannless. But as they progress, they 
reveal their true form and begin to ravage the body, 
mind, and character. 

Early training and loving discipline are the best 
defense. They are the ring of horns against the enemy, 
and how diligent we parents should be to use them I 
"There is no substitute ^ no second chance. The enemy 
is waiting to devour all he can isolate from this pro- 
tection. To wait until the M wild oats" are sown and 
presume that the mercy of God will make up for cur 


neglect is risky. 

Certainly, God 1 s mercy is great, and Jesus las power 
to forgive sins. He demonstrated this when %e told 
the palsied man, "Son, thy sins be forgiven fcbee"," 
The onlookers were quick to charge Jesus with blasphemy. 
But He went on to say ""Whether is it easier to say to 
the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven taeej or 
to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk?" Jesus 
healed the man and thereby proved His power Ln both 

If we had opportunity to prevent cancer xi our child- 
ren and loved ones, we would do it unhesitatingly. 
The world of medical science is searching desperately 
for such a prevention or a cure. With the cancer of 
sin, we have opportunity to give immunity an: prevention 
in our children through loving teaching and -/raining. 
This is not to say the children cannot make wrong 
choices even with good training. But by God's grace 
and mercy and the care of our good Shepherd, we can 
unitedly face a foe that Is plotting our destruction 
and defeat. May we like the creatures of the north- 
land, band toghether and help one another to victory. 

T p 
Xj • SJ • 


Each of us is born with a marvelous and very deli- 
cate control system to handle our body functions and 
also to govern our spiritual needs* We are able to 
form a visionary picture of things we read and see. 
If we are farmers we need to have a hope and vision of 
harvest to inspire us to sow. We need to have that 
hope and inspiration we find In God's word to cause us 
to look ahead to the great reward promised. We should 
not allow ourselves to seek to use false means to con- 
trol our brains and thoughts, such as alcoho}^ drugs, 
medicines, or vain ideas to hinder our mental ability. 
In the Old Scriptures we see the consequences of obey- 
ing or disobeying God r s Word. The New Covenant requires 
a new life controlled by love, mercy, and peace in our 
hearts and thoughts. — Ernest Wagner, Modesto, Calif. 



Where we do our banking there is a sign that says, 
"Save 1 today for a "worry free future." In the world 
today, it seems the highest desire is to have a big 
bank account. We see signs that say, "I love money," 
or "Think money." When we see people that have this 
outlook on life , they themselves are one big sign that 
says, "I love not 'God. " "No man can serve two masters: 
for either he will hate the one, and love the other', or 
else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. 
Ye cannot serve God and mammon." (Matt. 6:24) 

Each one of us/ as we go through life has either an 
earthly treasure or an heavenly. One question I ask 
myself is, "What are my treasures?" If someone finds 
a valued treasure,.- he will guard it and keep close con- 
tact to It. We can all have the greatest treasure 
that there Is: God's only Son. Do we guard this trea- 
sure as we should? Or maybe, like myself, we get care- 
less. As long as we are in this life we have to make 
a living, so we need a certain amount of money, There- 
fore the bank is the safest place to keep it until it 
is needed to pay our bills. Once a month we get a 
statement from the bank telling us where we stand. 
Once in a while we find a mistake, and we are anxious 
to get it cleared up. My question is, "Are we as 
anxious to clear up our shortcomings with God, as we 
are with our bank account?" 

The Bible says, ""The love of money is the root of 
all evil." If we love something we will go to any 
extent to achieve it. In Luke 16 we read of the rich 
man that fared sumptuously every day. I am sure he 
didn't have signs posted on his gate post saying, "I 
love money." But we can tell by his attitude, he 
surely did love money. He couldn't even give the 
crumbs that fell from his table, to a poor beggar. 
The rich man died and was buried — final — just burled. 
Lazarus died and was carried to Abraham's bosom. As 
we read the final account, we can see that the rich 
nan was doing the begging, and Lazarus was faring sump- 


tuously. It will always be that God's children wil" 
have the "worry free future ," 

n Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, « 
but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, 11 

— Everett Oyler 

New Par is j Indiana 


If we love not our brother whom we have seen^ how 
can we love God whom we have not seen? Do we respect 
our brother's feelings about things? Paul said he would 
not eat meat while the world stands if it would cause 
his brother to offend. Do we love our brother enough 
to sacrifice for him in time^ labor, forbearance or 
whatever? The Lord Is interceding for me at the right 
hand of God every day for my shortcomings^ so I can .... „*.... 
surely bear with my brother if this is needed. Are we 
glad to have brethren and sisters in the Church tc 
associate with,, who have so many qualities that we can 
appreciate and profit by, or are we so critical of our 
different views on a few things that it spoils our re- 
lationship? What would it be like to not have brethren 
and sisters to have a close fellowship with? If my 
brethren can put up with me with all my faults ^ it would 
certainly be too bad If I couldn't appreciate them with- 
out reforming them to my views on everything, "For Gfc>d 
sent not his Son . iuto ■' the world to condemn the world; 
but that the world through him might be saved. t! (John 
3:1?) The history of the peace churches is fraught with 
divisions — division because people couldn't get along 
with each other . Too often people think they need to 
condemn or reform another's position,, but if we would 
simply and humbly just state our views and let it rest 
there y and be sure we live a quiet and consistent life 
ourselves we might be surprised at how much better we 
would feel about things,, and how much better the result. 
Do we love our neighbors as ourselves? These are just 


some things I think about when I think of loving God 
and our neighbor (brother) as ourselves. 

— Tim Royer 

Go shen , Indiana 


Rocking my baby, 
So pleasant, so sweet] 
Away from life's toils, 
A blessed retreat. 

Rocking my baby 
(So precious this time) 
How do I use it — 
This gift so sublime? 

Is it a time to 
Be quiet, to pray? 
Or is It disturbed 
By thoughts of the day? 

Do I sing praises 

And give thanks above? 

Do I pray others 

Will, see His great love? 

Rocking my baby 

(A gift, that is sure) 

A time for renewal, 

To make thoughts more pure. 

Rocking my baby, 
Unspeakable joy; 
A wajr to touch Heaven, 
With my little boy. 

— Dedicated to Joshua 
Susan Harper 


(continued irom last issue) 

When Jesus gave His great commission to His disciples, 
He declared, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations... 
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have 
commanded you:" (Matt. 28:19,.2C) 

The authority of the very person of Christ, who is 
the Word incarnate, who is the Will of God incarnate, 
not only fulfills but supersedes and replaces the teach- 
er of the old dispensation. In the person of Christ 
the New Testament witnesses the fulfillment of Moses* 
own prophecy, "I will raise them up a Prophet from 
among their brethren, like unto thee, " (Deut. 18:18) 

Throughout the rest of the Gospels there is a con- 
tinual presentation of the conflict between the Phar- 
isees, who came armed with the authority of the Lav/, 
and the person of Christ, who spoke with the full 
authority of the Father. The theme of the Gospels is 
that the authority of the Torah is superseded by the 
authority of Jesus Himself — whose authority is above 
the Law and above the sabbath. 

The book of Hebrews begins by showing that the rev- 
elation of God given by the Law and the prophets in the 
(PC Testament has been superseded by God's final rever- 
lation given in the person of His Son. 

This also is the theme of the apostle Pail. The 
force of his words in Colossians should be considered 
in light of Judaism's claim that the world was made by 
and for the sake of the Law, which was God*s firstborn. 
"Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn 
of every creature: For by him were all things created, 
that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and 
invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or 
principalities, or powers: all things were created by 
him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by 
him all things consist. ..who is the beginning, the 
firstborn from the dead;" (Col. 1:15-18) 

Again in Galatians the apostle declares that the Law 
was introduced 430 years after the promise was given to 


Abraham. "It (the Law) was added,., till the seed 
(Jesus Christ) .. .should come." (Gal, 3:19) Then Paul 
declares that the Law, the old To rah, was our custodian, 
our guardian, boyleader, babysitter, until Christ. But 

; now that Christ has come, now that faith has come, we 

) are no longer under the supervision of the Law. The 

Great Teacher not only fulfills it; he replaces it, he 

) supplants It, Therefore Paul can say, t! If ye be led 

by the Spirit (that is, the Spirit of Christ; if Christ 
has now become your Leader, if you now live under the 
lordship of Christ), ye are not under the lav;." (Gal. 

Whereas in Judaism the Law was central, in the New 
Testament witness Christ is central. He takes the po- 
sition formerly occupied by the Law. The message of 
the New Testament is that the revelation of God given 
in the person of Jesus Christ has superseded the reve- 
lation of God given in the Torah. This also means that 
the Decalogue is no longer the supreme revelation of the 
will of God. It too has been superseded by that supreme 
revelation given in the person of Christ. When we think 
of the different titles of honor and exaltation such as 
Word, Life, Light, Bread, Shepherd, Way, Truth and Life 
that have been bestowed upon Jesus Christ, there Is one 
comprehensive concept that unites and summarizes all of 
them. To the New Testament community Jesus Christ is 
God T s living Torah. He is the Word. He is God's Law 
made flesh. It is strange that we can call Christ our 
Shepherd, the Bread of Life, the Light of the World, 
and yet fail to recognize that he is in person the Law 
of God. God ! s word is law, and since Jesus is the Word 
of God, He is the Law of God. The early Christians, 
like Judaism, used the words "word 11 (logos) and "law" 
(nomos) interchangeably. 

/ One early Christian, writing about A.D, 100, likened 
Jesus Christ to a great tree and said that this great 

I tree is the Law of God — who is none other than the Son 
of God. Justin Martyr, one of the greatest figures of 
the second century, declared In his Dialogue with Tryph p 
a Jew that the Law given on Mount Sinai has been super- 


seeled by a final law, a great law. And then he declared 
that this law is Christ Himself. 

Whereas Judaism made the Law its Christ, the New 
Testament makes Christ its law. This has profound 
implications. It means that, to be true Christians, 
Christ is to become everything to us. It means that 
we are to confess that Jesus Christ is not only our 
salvation, our saving event, but that Jesus Christ is 
our Shepherd, our Guide, our Rule of Life. We must have 
no synthesis of New Testament grace and Mosaic ethics — 
as though we come to Christ for salvation and then re- 
turn to Moses to learn how we ought to live. That only 
ascribes to Christ half the glory that belongs to Him, 
We thereby confess that Jesus is able to forgive and to 
save us but that somehow the light of Christ is unable 
to guide us in the way of life. 

It is a fact that Jesus nowhere exhorts his disciples 
to study the Law except to find In it a testimony to his 
work. Nor does the apostle Paul use the Law In general 
or the Decalogue In particular as if it were the great 
rule of life for Christians. Rather, Paxil always sets 
before us the person and the work of Christ. He rea- 
sons from the fact of Christ and the revelation of God 
in Christ to the way we ought to behave as Christians. 
To be truly Christian our behavior must be. determined 
by Christ. When Paul appeals to believers to live be- 
fore one another in deference and in humility, he does 
not appeal to the written code. He presents the Christ. 
"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 
who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to 
be equal with God: but... he humbled himself; 1 (jffitl.* 2:5-8) 

When Paul exhorted the Corinthian believers to be 
generous in giving and helping the poor saints at Jeru- 
salem, he did not cite the Lav/, the old Torah > as the 
rule of life, but rather the new law — even Christ Him- 
self* The apostle says, "Though he was rich, yet for 
your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty 
might be rich." (II Cor. 8:9) 

And ivhen Paul tells the Ephesiana about behavior that 
is to be avoided, he makes clear that our conduct is not 


determined by the old written code but by Jesus Christ. 
"If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught 
by him, as the truth is in Jesus:" (Eph. 4:21) 

In Judaism holiness was defined in terms of conform- 
ity to the Law, the To rah, the written code. In the New 
Testament, holiness is defined in terms of conformity 
to the person of Christ. Thus, the apostle declares 
that we have been "predestined to be confommed to the 
image of his Son. "(Rom. 8:29) The great norm and rule 
of life in the New Testament is not conformity to the 
written code but conformity to the very person of 
Christ, the Word of God. He is the Law of God, the 
Will of God incarnate. 

Whereas Judaism made the Law its Christ, the New 
Testament makes Christ its law. He is both saving 
event and rule of life. Let no one call this anti- 
nomianism. A Christian is one who lives by and under 
the authority of the Christ. From beginning to end the 
New Testament declares that Christ himself is the 
eternal, unchanging Law of God. This is not relativism, 
nor subjectivism, nor situationism, nor mysticism. To 
confess that Jesus Christ has become God r s new, living 
Torah, both our salvation and our rule of- life, our 
Shepherd, our Guide, our Way, our Truth, our Life, is 
indeed the theme of apostolic Christianity. 

by Robert E. Brinsmead From Verdict Report 
Selected by Kenneth Garber 


Amusement is big business in America. More than 
ever the people of our society want to be amused. They 
want excitement and thrills. They want to have their 
minds diverted from the cares and responsibilities of 
the present by whatever pleasant means they can find. 
Some of their amusements seem innocent enough, but this 
amusement seeking has further implications. An old 
dictionary of English synonyms explains these impli- 
cations well: "Whatever amuses serves to kill time, 


to lull the faculties, and banish reflection. 11 

The prince of this world does not want his subjects 
to think . That would not be to his best interests. 
Serious, reflective thinking would endanger his control 
over them. Hence, he does all he can to keep his vic- 
tims 1 minds diverted from the true issues of life. 

Modern technology has provided many devices >o help 
him accomplish his purposes. With the invention of the 
radio and television, he gained a powerful tool bhat 
amuses listeners for hours, keeping their minds divert- 
ed from profitable reflection. Through rock music and 
drugs, Satan can render a person practically powerless 
to exercise his own mind. Modern writings, and espe- 
cially many books written for children, engulf the 
reader In a world of fantasy and foolishness, agai; 
preventing serious thinking. Further, our electronic 
age has brought forth games and devices with almost 
unbelievable power to captivate the mind. Players of 
these are drawn deeply into the action; their minds ^re 
fully occupied by the games before them. Present-day 
recreational equipment adds to the mind-stunting alaaos- 
phere of our society. Ripping and tearing around on 
a dirt bike or a three-wheeler does not help develop 
responsible thinking. 

The amusements of our day have produced a nonthink- 
ing society. This society is a captivated society* 
They have developed an addiction to the diverting and 
confusing bait fed them by their master. They art 
slaves who can no longer make their own decisions. 

Today's nonthinking society is a selfish society. 
People are determined to fulfill their personal plea- 
sures; they do not consider cost or consequences; they 
do not evaluate the means to their end. Self-saoic- 
faction is their supreme god. 

This nonthinking society is an irresponsible society. 
Diverted minds have not been trained to face reality. 
Tickled minds have not learned the discipline ji pro- 
ductive thought. The pleasure of the moment ±f the 
most important consideration. 

Today's nonthinking society is a lost society. 


Every accountable soul must ponder the path of his feet 
anc * understand his condition before he will be moved 
to confess and repent. God T s children have their. 
senses exercised to discern good and evil as they 
meditate on His Word. Nonthinkers cannot be Christians, 

In this decadent society we must maintain the abil- 
ity to think and reason. Vie must withdraw ourselves 
from the headlong rush of society,, not running with 
them to the same excess of riot. By the grace of God, 
we must help our children to grow up as thinkers in 
this nonthinking age. This will only be possible as 
we discern the devil's snares and avoid them. 

Let us use this summer to direct our children into 
responsible thinking. We can begin by placing upon 
them the discipline of work, They need to develop 
diligence that does not shun responsibility. Let us 
strive to increase family togetherness. Christian 
family life produces a satisfaction that does not 
^earn for diversion. We must provide our children 
with wholesome spare-time activities. The mind- ''*■ 
building games,, upbuilding reading, and simple toys 
and activities are still the best. Even though they 
lack the powerful appeal of many modern amusements, 
they produce a satisfying fruit that far supersedes 
their counterparts. Our children should learn to 
love a sober, peaceful, pensive way of life. 

Many of the world's modern .recreational pursuits, 
electronic games, music, and so forth, are extremely 
captivating. By contrast, the Spirit of God speaks 
in a still, small voice. If we allow our children to 
be caught up in a dazzle of worldly amusements, can 
we expect them to hear when God calls? 

— Ernest D. Wine 
Selected from The Christian School' Builder 


Mary E. Wagner 164 E. Frontage Rd. #13 

Ripon, Calif. 95366 
(209) 599-7441 



Of the multitudes who perished by the Inquisition 
throughout the world, no authentic record is now dis- 
coverable. But wherever popery had power, there was 
the tribunal. It had been planted even in the east, 
and the Portuguese Inquisition of Goa was, until within 
these few years , fed with many an agony. South America 
was partitioned into provinces of the Inquisition... 
The Netherlands were one scene of slaughter from the 
time of the decree which planted the Inquisition among 
them. In Spain. ..each of the seventeen tribunals dur- 
ing a long period burned annually, on an average, ten 
miserable beings I ...This number was In a country 
where persecution had for ages abolished all religious 
differences, and where the difficulty was not to find 
the stake, but the offering. Yet, even in Spain, thus 
gleaned of all heresy, the Inquisition could still 
swell its lists of murders to thirty- two thousand! The 
numbers burned in effigy, or condemned to pennance, 
punishments generally equivalent to exile, confiscation, 
and taint of blood, to all ruin but the mere loss of 
worthless life, amounted to three hundred and nine 
thousand. But the crowds who perished in dungeons of 
torture, of confinement, and of broken hearts, the mil- 
lions of dependent lives made utterly helpless, or hur- 
ried to the grave by the death of the victims, are 
beyond all register; or recorded only before Him, \mo 
has sworn that "He that leadeth into captivity, shall 
go into captivity: he that killeth with the swora 
must be killed with the sword." 

In the thirteenth century, the popedom was at the sum- 
mit of mortal dominion; it was independent of all king- 
doms; it ruled with a rank of influence never before 
possessed by a human scepter; to all earthly intents 
its power was immeasurable for good or evil. Jfc might 
have spread peace, freedom, and Chrisitanity to the ends 
of the world. But its nature was hostile; and ; to the 
shame of human reason, Rome, In the hour of its gran- 
deur, teemed with the monstrous and horrid birth of the 
inquisition! From For 1 - ^n^v n f Mar^-rs 



The power of God is immeasurable and unfathomable, 
Our human minds are not capable of understanding or 
measuring His power., but we can see and feel His power 
even though we cannot completely comprehend it. 

We see the power of God in the past. In the Old 
Testament we read that God destroyed the earth with a 
flood but spared Noah. Under the Law, God miraculous- 
ly defeated the armies that came against Israel as 
long as Israel was faithful. He proved His power and 
superiority through the prophets. The supreme exam- 
ple of God's power was in the life, death, and resur- 
rection of Jesus Christ. 

Today we see the power of God In a slightly differ- 
ent way. Although we know God could still send fire 
from heaven or raise a dead man to life we very rarely 
see it. But today what shows more of God's power than 
a changed life? A life that was bound by sin is now 
free to return good for evil and love for hate. We 
can feel God's Holy Spirit as He gives us His power 
to resist temptations and grace to overcome. 

We know that God's power will last into the future. 

We don't need to fear the future because we know that 

He will give us the power to meet whatever trials will 

come and the wisdom and strength for every duty we 

must perform. In the end we will see His power when 

Satan Is bound and we experience the miracle of 


— Ina Cover 

Tuolumne, California 

The power of God we see on high 
When the lightning rends the sky. 
His power made old Sinai smoke 
When He the law to Israel spoke. 

Now under grace God's power is shown 

Changing lives by Jesus known; 

Binding Satan and freeing men 

From the bondage of hate and sin. — L*C. 



How many clouds are in the sky? 
How many birds go soaring by? 
How many creatures live and roam 
On this big ball we call our home? 

And in the sea which never stops 
Are how many sparkling waterdrops? 
And on the seashore — if you can — 
Count for me the grains of sand I 

How many leave s^ do you suppose ^ 

Go whisp'ring when the soft wind blows? 

And in the countryside we pass 

Are how many blades of soft green grass? 

How many flowers — don ! t miss one — 
Grow everywhere beneath the sun? 
And how many other lovely things 
Make earth a wonderplace for kings? 

Hottf many distant specks of light 
Glow in the starry sky at night? 
And how many night songs serenade 
Us in the world our God has made? 

How many people, far and near, 
Rejoice that God has put them here — 
And how many children, great and small, 
Will love the One who made it all? 

— Stanley K. Brubaker 


THE PILGRIM S ° n °™> Callf * 

19201 Gherokee Rd. 
Tuolumne, Calif. 95379 


VOL. 33 AUGUST-SEPIMBER, 1986 NOS. 8 & 9 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." i Peter 2: n 


Jesus , Thy boundless' love to me 

No thought can reach, no tongue declare; 

Unite my thankful heart to Thee, 

And reign without a rival there. 

Thine wholly. Thine alone I am; 

My soul with constant love aflame. 

Thy love, how cheering is its ray I 
All pain before its presence flies; 
Care, anguish, sorrow melt away, 
Where'er its healing beams arise: 
Jesus, nothing may I see. 
Nothing desire or seek but Thee, 

draw me, Saviour, after Theei. 
So shall I run and never tire. 
With gracious words still comfort me; 
Be Thou my hope, my sole desire. 
Free me from every weight: nor fear 
Nor sin can come, if Thou art here. 

Still let Thy love point out my way; 

How wondrous things Thy love hath wrought] 

Still lead me, lest I go astray; 

Direct my work, inspire my thought; 

And if I fall, soon may I hear 

Thy voice, and know that love is near, 

In suffering be Thy love my peace, 

In weakness be Thy love my power; 

And when the storms of life shall cease, 

Jesus, in that important hour, 

In death as life be Thou my guide, 

And save me, who for me hast died. (See Page 4) 

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I am convinced that we use the term too lightly. 
We sometimes refer to a person with whom we have only 
a slight acquaintance and no real relationship that he 
is "just a friend." To be a friend or to have a friend 
is not only a large and joyful privilege, but it car- 
ries a heavy responsibility. A friend is not an enemy. 
There is no middle ground. We may have close friends, 
but we do not have "half -friends." We are either com- 
mitted to one another and to the Lord or we are in the 
opposite category* 

Abraham was called the Friend of God. (See James 2:23, 
and II Chronicles 20:7) He acquired this title by his 
obedience and absolute faith and trust in God. He 
passed the test. He became the father of the faithful 
as Paul says ih Galatians 3:7, "Know ye therefore that 
they which are of faith, the same are the children of 
Abraham." What a pilgrimage Abraham made I He left his 
native Chaldea and travelled as a pilgrim to Canaan and 
even Egypt. He also left, at God's cammand, the idol- 
atry of his /athers and placed complete trust in the 
ability of God to lead him. We can be friends of God, 
too, but it will take a similar commitment in our lives. 

Friends must harmonize. "Can two walk together, 
except they be agreed?" God asked this of His people 
regarding their relationship to Him* (Amos 3*3) 
Jesus said, "Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I 
command you." (John 15:14) This might seem like a 
servant status, .but* Jesus told them the same time, 
"Henceforth . I call you not servants; for the servant 
knoweth not what his Lord doeth: but I have called you 
friends; for all things that I ha*ve heard of my Father 
I have made known unto you. "This defines another qua- 
lity of friendship: 

Friends confide. The Lord said, "Shall I hide from 
Abraham that thing which I do* * .?" This was regarding 


the destruction of Sodom. God did tell Abraham, and he 
pleaded that God- would spare them. We see close friend- 
ship here. We need friends to confide in. A friend 
will listen and sympathize and give counsel , 

Friends must be dependable, Proverbs 18:24: "A man 
that hath friends must show himself friendly: and there 
is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother, n We 
have heard that this refers to Jesus, He is our best 
Friend and closer than any family relative. But it 
also points out the way friends on earth relate to one 
another. Brothers relate because of being born in the 
same family. Friends are what they are because of love 
and mutual interest. Brothers can and should be friends. 
But the writer here seems to indicate that friendship 
transends the family bond* Friendship is a closer 
relationship than blood relationship. A friend must 
be dependable. He "sticketh close. M As we might say, 
a man "sticks up" for his friend. He defends him and 
refuses to betray him even when others do, 

Friends can speak plainly to one another, as Paul 
recommends., "Speak the truth in love." "Faithful are 
the wounds of a friend..." (Proverbs 27:6) This surely 
means that a friend can say and do things in a manner 
not malicious but with the purpose of helping. If we 
are criticized by a friend we can take it and learn 
from it. If we have friends like this we are blessed 

Jesus was betrayed by a friend; Judas, who should 
have been faithful and dependable, gave Him into the 
hand of His enemies. We are shocked at the treachery 
of Judas, But we too have opportunity to either stand 
up for Jesus or let Him down. And we can either be 
faithful to our friends or become their betrayers. We 
sing "I T 11 be a friend to Jesus,.." But Jesus says, 
"Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of 
these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." (Matthew 
25:40) " 

Friendship means faithfulness, whether it be to God 
or to one another. Proverbs 17:17 says, "A friend 
loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adver- 


sity." In our communion service we hear the whispered 
resolve, "Let's be faithful. 11 May we always be faith- 
ful to ctne another as friends and to our Heavenly 
Father, our best Friend. "What a Friend We Have in 
Jesus!" — L.C. 


As we study the Word of God, we see that God created 
all things for His own pleasure and praise. The earth 
was dark and void until God said, "Let there be light." 
In John's gospel we read, "That was the true Light, 
which lighteth every man that cometh into the world." 
John the Baptist came to call men back to the Light. 
Jesus came with the Gospel to make it grow brighter for 
man to follow. The new birth was a great step forward. 
Our lives here should be an advance to Glory. Jesus 
said if we believe in Him we will not see death , but He 
was not speaking of our bodies. Jesus said, "Ought not 
Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into 
His Glory. So we should consider death as a needed 
step tox^ard that glorious day when we are gathered home 
to our Heavenly Father. This world is the place to 
choose the darkness of sin, or the light of Glory. God 
has no pleasure in the death of the wicked but He suf- 
fers wicked men to live, to give us a choice. We see 
examples in Pharoah, Herod, Judas, and others in the 
record. So let us choose Truth and live. 

— Ernest Wagner 

Modesto, California 

Jesus, my Saviour, and my God, 
Thou hast redeemed me with Thy bloodj 
By ties both natural and divine, 
I am, and ever will be Thine. 
Samuel Stennet 

Our cover poem was written by Paul Gerhardt (1607- 
,-'1676) and translated' by John VJcslfcy* 



"Evil men and seducers will wax worse and worse , 
deceiving and being deceived, " With all the ways of 
spreading word today , whether true or false , requires 
us not to Ignore God ! s Word. We are told to "»»'» exhort 
one another dally , while it is called today; lest any 
of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin." 

".♦.Seek those things which are above, where Christ 
sitteth on the right hand of God." 

" Study to shew thyself approved unto God., a workman 
that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the 
word of truth* " 

"...Shun profane and vain babblings: for they will 
increase unto more ungodliness. 11 

"...Run with patience the race that is set before 
us, Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of 
our faith; who for the joy that was set before hira 
endured the cross, despising the shame, and' is set 
down at the right hand of the throne of God." 

Be holy in all manner of conversation (living) 
that we may have grace and serve God acceptably with 
reve ranee and godly fear, 

Humanity needs an entirily new spiritual rebirth 
in order to enter God*s kingdom. The new age Jesus 
announced when He came to earth and took upon Himself 
flesh and blood was not to be bound by the old cycle 
of physical birth and death, but a new beginning — a 
new quality of life — eternal life. 

In the same way our physical birth makes us a party 
to Adam T s sin and his resulting sin nature, our spir- 
itual birth makes us party to all Jesus Christ did 
for us in* His coming to live among us, His "death on 
the cross, His burial and His resurrection. Knowing 
this truth and believing it is so, is the first step 
toward victory over sin. 'Knowing this that our 'old 
man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might 
be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin* 

The heart of the gospel message is that Jesus 
Christ came to save — but the consequences of His 
coming for those who refuse Him is judgment. Those 


who truly believe Hia in that rebirth shall never die. 
God will require an end of sin — we will all stand be- 
fore Him in judgment, 

Jesus Christ became our near kinsman by taking upon 
Himself flesh and blood and He shed that blood for the 
redemption of each one of us, through His mercy towards 
us* Death couldn't hold Him and by His resurrection vie 
also have hope to be resurrected and ever be with Him, 

Come boldly to the throne of grace to obtain mercy, 
realising that we of ourselves, our physical birth, 
are as nothing, 

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for 
it is the power of God unto salvation..." 

— Mary Ellen Lavy 
Cajnden, Indiana 


An older proverb says, "You are not what you think 
you are, but you are what you think ." The statement is 
not merely an ancient proverb, but it is also a Bible 
truth. The Bible states (Proverbs 23:7) that as a man 
thinks in his heart, so is he. 

An aged brother writes, "Soon I 1 11 be 87 years old, 
and I have known the Lord for more than fifty years, 
I've tried to live a clean life; I read the Bible daily; 
however, there are times when evil thoughts enter my 
mind. This makes me sick. Has God turned away from 
me in my old age?" And the answer is "No — God has net 
turned away from the brother in his old age." But as 
long as we live, there is (in the unseen world) a battle 
going on between Christ and Satan for the control of 
our minds. 

Satan attacks in many ways, but perhaps his most 
vigorous assault is brought to bear upon our thought- 
lives. Satan knows that what we think — eventually 
makes us what we are. He knows that our thoughts are 
the threads with which we weave the garments that our 
souls wear — and each of us is responsible for what he 
welcomes into his mind. 



The Apostle Paul was keenly aware of the capacity of 
the mind for evil thoughts. One may dwell upon erotic 
and lustful thoughts, wrong thoughts about some member 
of the opposite sex. Another may seethe in his mind 
with jealousy and envy toward other people. 

Still others are consumed with pride and 
with high thoughts about themselves. The "works of the 
flesh 1 ' in Galatians 5 is a long list of sins— many of 
which are sins of the mind. These are some timer, cpo- 
ken of as "sins of the heart" because "the heart" is 
considered the seat of the emotions and the thoughts. 

The 'mind can easily be covered up (at least for a 
while), and therefore the mind is difficult to capture 
for Christ. Vie can retreat within the walls of our 
minds , and think about things that are known only to 
ourselves and God — and so it is difficult for others 
to detect what we are really thinking. We must remember 
however that Sod does know our thoughts, and He is con- 
cerned about them — and often they eventually do come 
out into the open. 

In the European country of Italy there is a thriving 
town called Pompeii. Nearly two thousand years ago it 
was a bustling and busy city, nestled on the slopes of 
Mt. Vesuvius — not far from the Mediterranean Sea. One 
man who lived in Pompeii painted filthy pictures on the 
walls of one of the rooms of his house. He liked to 
thing, about dirty and wicked things. He kept the door 
to that room closed. He thought no one would ever know 
about his wicked thoughts. But on the night of August 
24, A.D, 79 j Mt. Vesuvius suddenly erupted, and spued 
out fire and lava and burning ashes. And when the vol- 
cano stopped erupting and the lava cooled, no one could 
find where the town of Pompeii had -been. The whole 
city was wiped out. For 1,700 years the town of Pompeii 
was lost. And then, about 200 years ago, archaeologists 
(as a result of reading ancient books about the city) 
dug deep into the ground, and found the location of the 
city, and gradually uncovered the old buildings. 

Archaeologists found the houses just as the owners 


had left them. Furniture was still standing; bread was 
still in the ovens; pet dogs were dead— still chained 
at the doors of the houses along the street. And among 
others , they found the house of the man who thought no- 
body would know about the bad pictures he had drawn on 
the walls of one of the rooms of his house. He thought 
nobody whould ever know about the evil thoughts of his 
m i n d — but archaeologists found that room with its dirty 
pictures — and today , more than 1,900 years later/ those 
who tour Pompeii find that the guide keeps the door to 
that room locked, so that people won't walk in accident- 
ly and become extremely embarrassed. 

The greatest area of sin in the believer 1 s life, is 
not usually in the area of actions, but in the arena of 
the thought life. Pride, for example, is a sin of the 
m i nc i — and so is lust, and suspicion, and discouragement — 
and we could go on with other additional sins. These 
are sins of the mind. 

Because all of us contend with the old nature (even 
after we are saved by faith in Jesus Christ) — all of us 
have trouble with undesirable thoughts popping into our 
heads. These thoughts can be surprising, sometimes con- 
fusing, and sometimes even condemning. Most of us would 
not want the thoughts that have gone through our minds 
during the past month, to be flashed on a screen in 
front of a room for all to see. It could be kind of 
embarrassing — and perhaps even frightening. 

The secret thoughts, however, that pop into our heads 
are not really an accurate barometer of our spiritual 
condition. It Is what a person continues to think about, 
and what he delights in, and what he secretly wishes 
for — that tells more accurately what he Is and where he 
stands spiritually/ While we cannot ever completely 
get rid of the sin-nature here in this life, we can 
keep it in relative control. And we will look more 
at that aspect of thought-life near the end of this 

The mind is like a garden which can grow beauty or 


grow ugliness. It can produce flowers or it can bring 
forth weeds. It must be tended with care and with 
diligence. It must be disciplined by conscious exercise. 
The mind must be exercised like the body — thinking on < 
good and wholesome things. 

The Bible says in Philippians 2:5, M Let this mind be 
in you which was also in Christ Jesus. " We must culti- 
vate spiritual thinking, and the Scriptures give a list 
of worthy objects that we ought to be thinking about. 
The list is recorded in Philippians 4:S. We read, 
"Finally brethren, whatever things are true, whatever 
things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever 
things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever 
things are of good report; if there be any virtue; and 
if there be any praise, think on these things, 11 We note 
in the last part of the passage, "If there be any virtue, 
think on these things." The original Greek more liter- 
ally says, "Since there is virtue" in the kinds of 
qualities mentioned earlier In the verse; since there 
is moral excellence in the things mentioned; and since 
these qualities are praiseworthy — reflect upon them, 
and allow these things to condition your whole way of 
life. Let your mind be exercised with these things I 

" Whatever things are true " — that is, reliable, in 
agreement with fact; the opposite of lying and decept- 
tion. We must never let our minds dwell on every 
piece of gossip we hear, because it may not be factual. 
We must be willing to hear the other side of a story, 
and not hear only one side. According to Ephesians 
6:14, truth is part of the Christians' s amor, We are 
to have "our loins girt about with truth." We are to 
think about truth — and to think about truth is to think 
about Christ and the Scriptures, because both are called 
the "truth." In John 14:6 Jesus says, "I am the way, 
the truth, and the life." And in John 17:17 ve read, 
"Sanctify them through thy truth, for thy word is truth." 

" Whatever things are honest "-—that is, whatever is 
earned or received by fair methods, not by cheating 
and falsehoods. For most of us, it is not the big 
things that test our honesty; it Is the small things. 



We will likely never embezzle ten thousand dollars from 
an employer, but we must be careful about the nickels 
and dimes and quarters. We must guard against consid- 
ering stealing towels from a motel room or accepting 
too much change from a store manager, and this sort 5f 

What goes on in one ! s mind during the moments of 
temptation (especially the temptation to be dishonest)? 
When leaving the motel, Satan says, "This place over- 
charges anyhow, so I'll get a small part of it back by 
taking a towel for a souvenir. " After accepting toe 
much change in a restaurant: "That lunch really wasn ! t 
very good; I'll just keep this extra coin as a sort; of 
refund." But as Christians, each of us needs to make 
a conscious effort to think always in terms of old- 
fashioned, second-mile honesty. 

There are still other virtues that should saturate 
our thinking. 

" Whatever things are just " — that is, things that, are 
right, and fair, and impartial, It is right to give a 
customer full measure when selling merchandise in busi- 
ness . It is right to expose doctrinal error and false 
teachings when presenting the Word of God. It is right 
to play It fair-and- square in all our dealings. Parents 
must be sure to be fair-and-square with their children, 
and diligently try to treat them all alike. We should 
never plan — in our thoughts — to do anything that is 
unfair and partial. Whatever things are just (that is, - 
"right" and "fair"), think on these things. 

" Whatever things are pure " — that is, free from any- 
thing that Is tainted. Purity speaks especially about 
chastity in the realm of sexual relationships. It is 
pretty hard to live through a single day in our society 
without having the mind bombarded with sex in some kind 
of distorted form. Unclean thinking is stimulated by 
abbreviated dress, obscene pictures, and dirty stories. 
For this reason, the follower of Christ does not attend 
movies, he carefully censors his reading material, and 
he avoids participating in a joke that isn't noble and 
pure. Most television programs and television commer- 


cials are not acceptable to him. Whatever things are 
pure, think on these things. 

" Whatever things are lovely n — that is, things that 
are beautiful , winsome , and pleasing. "Lovely" things 
are the opposite of the ugly and the bizarre. The child 
of God should cultivate the traits of courtesy and plea- 
santness. He should avoid the snapped answer, the harsh 
reply, and the sarcastic response. It is sad to see a 
husband who cannot answer his wife in gentle tones. 
Such things are not "lovely." 

We should think of things that call forth admiration — 
incidents of faithfulness and courage and loyalty. 
Paul H arvey, on a news broadcast, sometimes tells of 
a marriage that lasted 60 (or even 70) years. That is 
a "lovely" kind of report to hear. By way of contrast, 
television programs and magazine and newspaper articles 
that emphasize stories about wife-swapping, child abuse, 
lesbianism, crude violence, etc., are ugly things that 
are the opposite of that which is lovely. Whatever 
things are beautiful, pleasing, and winsome — think on 
these things. 

" Whatever things are of good report " — that is, things 
spoken in a kindly spirit ; things spo.ken of with good 
will to others; things which are the opposite of gossip 
and the spreading of rumors. There are certain actions 
which are always commendable — such things as courtesy 
to others, respect for parents, loyalty between husband 
and wife — these are things of good report. 

The word "think" moans "to dwell upon" — to focus 
attention upon — to be occupied with these things. Qual- 
ities such as kindness, loyalty, helpfulness; these are 
qualities we should seriously think about. When a per- 
son concentrates on positive, radiant thoughts, he tends 
to become a positive, radiant person. By way of con- 
trast — unclean thinking will finally bring unclean con- 
duct; negative thinking will make us become bitter and 
sour; Spirit-controlled thinking can lift our thoughts 
and bless our whole life. The Scripture passage which 
we have just analyzed (Philippians 4:8) suggests that 
the way to conquer evil thinking is not so much to 


f ight the wicked thoughts, as to cultivate the good 
"Oioughts. Philippians 4:8 is a call to think upon 
good things. (Continued in next issue) 

$y Harold S«, Martin in Bible Helps 
Selected by Herman Royer 


DORA L. ROYER j last survivor of the John F. and 
Anna Gripe Met zger family,- was born March 7 3 1889, near 
Edna Mills, Clinton County^ Indiana, and died August 30, 
1986, at the home of her son Harold at the age of 97 
years, 5 months, and 23 days. 

She received Christian baptism In the Old German 
Baptist fellowship in 1911 and identified herself with 
the Old Brethren in 1913 ♦ She is believed to have been 
the last surviving charter member of the Old Brethren 

She married Henry Royer on August 4, 1923 ♦ They 
lived near Rossville, Indiana, until the spring of 1928 
when they moved to Elkhart County, Indiana, where they 
lived the remainder of their time. 

Surviving are three sons: Harold, Dale, and Artus, 
all of rural Goshen, Indiana, nine grandchildren, and 
20 great grandchildren.. Nine nephews and seven nieces 
also survive. 

Henry died February 12, 1961. Also preceding her 
in death were two brothers, Noah and George, and five 
sisters, Lydia Yoder, Leah Skiles, Lizzie Met zger, Ida 
Royer, and Katherine Wolf* 

Funeral services were conducted in the Old Brethren 
meeting house near Wakarusa, Indiana, by the home min- 
istry on September 2, 1986. The text was from Rev. 
2:10, "Be thou faithful unto death and I will give thee 
a crown of life." Burial was in Yellow Creek Mennonite 
Cementery teslde her husband. 

Thus we are again reminded of the frailty of mortal 
life, the certainty of death, and of the great love of 
God in providing a more abundant life. 

— ^he Family 




Away from his home and the friends of his youth 
He hasted, the herald of mercy and truth, 
For the Iovb of his Lord and to seek for the lost — 
Soon, alasl was his fall, but he died at his post. 

The stranger's eye wept that in life ] s brightest bloom 

One gifted so highly should sink to the tomb; 

For In order he led in the van of his host, 

And he fell like a soldier, he died at his post. 

He wept not for himself that his warfare was done, 
The battle was fought and the victory won, 
But he whispered of those whom his heart clung to most, 
"Tell my brethren for me that I died at my post." 

He asked not a stone to be sculptured with verse; 
He asked not that fame should his merits rehearse; 
Bat he asked as a boon when he gave up the ghost, 
That his brethren might know that he died at his post. 

Victorious his fall, for he rose as he fell, 

With Jesus his Master in glory to dwell, 

He passed o'er the stream and has reached the bright 

For he fell like a martyr; he died at his post. 

And can we the words of his exit forget? 

0, no, they are fresh in our memory yet. 

An example so brilliant shall not be lost; 

We will fall in the work, we will die at our post. 

This poem Is credited to John Kline (1797-1864) 
writing on the death of Joseph Miller, who died evidently 
while on a preaching visit to Ohio. Elder Kline was a 
well-known travelling preacher in the Brethren Church 
who also "died at his post." He was shot on his horse 
near his home while returning from the blacksmith shopj 
probably because ho ppoko out againit alavorv, 
From Sor.o Who Led 

by D. L* Ilillcr and Galon B*Royer 



Our hearts were made to rejoice once again with the 
angels in Heaven when Beth Ann Oyler received Christian 
baptism upon the confession of her faith in the Lord 
Jesus Christ on August 31. May she ever be true and 
faithful to Hiau -Melvin Coning 


The Ohio congregation of the Old Brethren Church has 
appointed their love feast meeting and communion to be 
held October 18 and 19 at the meeting house near 
Bradford^ Ohio, the Lord willing. A special invitation 
is extended to all the dear members and friends. 

— Hollis Flora 

We j the members of the Old Brethren Chu'rch in 
California, have agreed to hold our Fall Lovefeast 
Meeting^ the Lord willing, at Salida on November 15 & 16. 
We sincerely invite and welcome all our dear brethren 
and sisters and friends to come and be with us at this 
time of communion and spiritual revival. May God rich- 
ly bless this coming meeting and all who attend. 

— Joseph L. Cover 


BOWMAN - A son, Alexander Lee, born July 12 to Jerry 
and Janelle Bowman of Troy, Ohio. 

ROYER - A son, Adrian Scott, born July 18 to Philip and 
Annette Royer of Elkhart, Indiana. 

CABLE - A son, Willis Leon born August 6 to Ron and 
Faythe Cable of Goshen, Indiana, 

BOWSER - A son, Abraham Lee, born August 19 to Arnold 
and Rachel Bowser of Mount Olive, Mississippi. 

Spelling for Joe Royer* s Jewel Rebekah , 



There came a day, remember when 

Baptized we asked to be? 
And those three vows that we made then 

Were made sincerely. 

But many months and perhaps years 

Since then have come and gone, 
And moments came when maybe we 

Those promises forgot. 

Let us each one those vows review, 

Where we have failed repent , 
And in our hearts each vow renew j 

New goals before us set. 

We said that we believed Christ was 

God*s Son who came to bring 
A saving , gospel down to us. 

We claimed Him as our King. 

We promised Satan to reject, 

And willingly, his ways. 
It ! s how we think and look and act 

That proves an honest say. 

Then to b£ faithful unto death 

Was last but' not the least. 
A challenge for each day on earth 

Let ! s pray we all can meet. 

But as we*ve heard, to say is one, 

But then to do another. 
Yet by His power it can' be done, 

And through His grace, my brother. 

— Miriam' Coning 
Go shen , Indiana 


Did you ever pick up a plump juicy pea pod and 
squeeze it along the " seams" to split it open? If you 
did, you surely paused then to marvel at the snug 
row of peas* Each pea was the same shape, each one 
the same color. Each was fastened by a little growth 
stem to the inside edge of the pod. In short, each 
pale green little fruit was n as alike as two peas in 
a pod I" And when you quickly slid your thumb under the 
row of peas to pop them out of their slippery shell 
(and flipped them into you mouth) each tasted the same. 

Peas are not the only items in God T s great creation 
that reveal carefully-designed organization. Each one 
of the hundreds of thousands of growing things God 
made shows its Maker T s amazing genius of order within. 

The tiny new bloom of a thistle; the wings of a 
butterfly; the zip-lock structure of a bird feather; 
the packed parachutes of a milkweed pod; the layered 
seeds of a pine cone; the woven twigs of a wren's nest; 
the wax combs of a beehive; the tunnels of an ant 
colony — all show God^ design I Yes, and the huge earth 
we live on and the other silent-singing planets and 
star systems and galaxies — all these are able to 
continue because they obey God*s laws of order. 

Are yea an orderly person? Do you get out of bed 
on schedule to an orderly room, find your clothes in- 
an orderly drawer, and fold your nightclothes neatly^ 
Is your breakfast an orderly meal — your day, your 
thoughts and habits orderly and under control? If so, 
you should be thankful indeed I Your life can be 
more fruitful, your proper course more clear. 

— Stanley K. Brubaker 

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THE PILGRIM Sonora, Calif. 

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VOL. 33 OCTOBER, 1986 NO. 10 

'Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." i Peter 2:11 


I may not always know the way 

Wherein God leads my feet. 

But this I know, that round my path 

His love and wisdom meet. 

And so I rest content to know 

He guides my feet where'er I go. 

I may not always understand 

Just why He sends to me 

Some bitter grief, some heavy loss 

But though I cannot see 

I kneel and whisper through my tears 

A prayer for help, and know He hears. 

My cherished plans and hopes may fail, 

My idols turn to dust, 

But this I know: My Father* s love 

Is always safe to trust. 

These things are dear to me, but still 

Above them all I love His will. 

Oh precious peace within my heart. 

Oh blessed rest to know 

A Father 1 s love keeps constant watch 

Amid life's ebb and flow. 

I ask no more than this: I rest 

Content and know His way is best. 

— Author Unknown 

Selected by Susie Wagner 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the 
Old Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $2.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing Editor: Leslie Cover 

Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, CA 95379 


God has a strong arm. This arm is His power to de- 
liver His people in every time of need. But He helps 
us only as we trust Him and believe in His ability. 

Recently as I was working a small field on my little 
Ford tractor, I saw a blackbird glide by flying low. 
It landed near and seemed to be carrying something in 
its claws. I was curious because it is not the time 
for birds to be building a nest and also because the 
bird didn't fly on. As I walked oyer to investigate, 
the bird flew away, but not far. I could see that its 
feet were tangled in some string and that it could fly 
but not stand straight. I tried to catch it to free it, 
but it would fly away when I came close. I followed it 
across my line fence, through trees and brush. It 
finally landed fluttering in a tree out of my reach. 
How I wanted to free it I And how easy it would have 
been if the bird would have cooperated! 

I had to think, "Am I like this bird sometimes? 11 
God has repeatedly told us how willing He is to help 
us — to free us — and we don't hold still long enough for 
Him to operate. And it would be. so easy for Him, but 
we only want 'to flee away, and we continue in our bond- 
age — our limitations — our hindrances and the things that 
cripple us — like sin and fears and pride. 

Jesus looked over Jerusalem and wept for their un- 
willingness to have Him deliver them. He mourned n 
Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, 
and stone st them which are sent unto thee, how often 
would I have gathered thy children together, even as 
a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye 
would not I 11 

Probably no nation or group of people would have 
reacted too much differently from Israel, although the 
Saviour did say that Tyre and Sidon would have repented 
and Sodom would nave remained undestroyed if they had 
seen His mighty works. But we are all reluctant to 


give ourselves over to someone who can help us until 
we really believe that person is able. 

In the case of the blackbird, it did not know I was 
able to help it and no doubt felt it would rather be 
free with its feet tangled than to trust something un- 
known. If only it would have believed I could help itl 

People who do not know God or believe in Him would 
rather be free to do as they please and remain tangled 
in sin. How much they miss in real freedom by refusing 
to believe God*s offers of forgiveness in Jesus Christ! 

For a school field trip we recently visited a local 
fire department where they showed us, among other life 
saving equipment, the "Jaws of Life" which is a tool of 
tremendous power for prying open a wrecked car to free 
someone who would be pinned inside. They told us that 
careful training was necessary to use the tool, lest 
in prying one place, pressure might actually be in- 
creased on the trapped victim. Think of being pinned 
like that and seeing a tool of such power and potential 
to free or harm in the hands of an inexperienced personl 

In our relationship to God we need have no such fears « 
Over and over Jesus tells us, "Fear not." "Fear ye not 
therefore; ye are of more value than many sparrows." 
(or blackbirds! I finally gave up on the blackbird. 
I didn't climb the tree, Jesus hung on the cross and 
gave His life for us,) Jesus said (Hebrews 13:5), "I 
will never leave thee nor forsake thee." He also knows 
just how to help those who are tempted, Hebrews 2:18; 
"For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he 
is able to succour them that are tempted." Vie need not 
fear that Jesus will make our plight worse. He knows 
how to fill the needs of the soul and proved it over 
and over by His miracles performed on the bodies of 
crippled, blind, deaf^and those in bondage to Satan* 
He makes no mistakes. "And being made perfect , he be- 
came the author of eternal salvation unto all them that 
obey him." (Hebrews 5:9) 

Charles H. Gabriel has written these beautiful words: 
Sweet is the promise, "I will not forget thee," 
Nothing can molest or turn my soul away; 


E*en though the night be dark within the valley, 
Just beyond is shining one eternal day. 
As these words tell us, Jesus will be with us tc 
carry us through the last valley and free us from every 
fetter of mortality. If we can only trust Him to do 
thisl Perhaps this dark valley of the shadow, of death 
seems fearful to us. But God has promised to be with 

Psalm 89:13 says, "Thou hast a mighty arm: strong 
is thy hand, and high is thy right hand, 11 I remember 
as a boy walking with my father when we came to a 
stream of water — perhaps an irrigation ditch. He would 
have me hold my hands together over my head and he 
would simply take me by the hands and swing me across 
to the other side. My part was to do as he said and 
trust his strength and ability to lift me over. God is 
able; He is faithful; and He is just waiting for us to 
trust Him and believe in His ability to deliver us. 
May we not fly away but hold still and feel His _ power 
and salvation. — L.C. 


Few things are more sought after in this world than 
freedom. Wars are fought to attain or defend it. Peo- 
ple will endure great hardship to reach a country that 
has it to offer. 

In this land where much freedom is available, people 
go to great lengths to develop a life style which will 
supposedly bring personal freedom. A close observance 
soon bears out the fact that few of them are experienc- 
ing the desired benefits. Instead- they have become 
slaves to material things, to their desires, or even to 
this life style. 

In John 8:36, Jesus said, M If the Son therefore shall 
make you free, ye shall be free indeed." Most of us 
who profess to be His followers claim to have this 
freedom. I wonder how many of us are experiencing it 
in truth. Are we really free from the bondage of sin? 
Are we free from the bondage of the law? 


When the slaves x^ere freed at the time of the Civil 
War, they rejoiced, but many cf them were unable to 
understand or fully use this freedom. Many chose to 
remain where they were,, working for their old master 
for a small wage rather than reach out into the re- 
sponsibility and privilege of their new freedom, 

I wonder if many of us aren T t a little like these 
former slaves, Jesus paid a tremendous price to deliv- 
er us from the bondage of sin, and the lav/, into glor- 
ious liberty in Him* How often do we try to find secur- 
ity in living the letter of the law, or the formality 
of some system , rather than experiencing the spiritual 
life and growth that comes from being fully grounded 
in Him? 

I realize and fully support the value of good trad- 
itions, I also realize any fellowship must have an 
understanding of policy in working together. Our trust 
however, dare not rest in these, but only in Christ's 
finished work. 

To experience freedom in Christ our life must be one 
of willing self-denial. This freedom is not experienced 
by indulgence or defense of our rights. In fact unre- 
strained indulgence and insisting our rights be respect- 
ed are among the most miserable forms of slavery known. 
Real freedom in Christ is the power to Indulge or 
retaliate which, instead, willingly denies self in 
order to promote the higher good. 

As we learn the workings of His kingdom and experience 
this freedom, we learn to feel secure In Him, We then 
are not threatened by outward conditions or by the 
actions of others, A life experiencing this freedom 
will produce the fruits of the Spirit and not manifest 
the works of the flesh. 

How is it with us? Can we appreciate a brother with 
a different point of view, or different understanding 
of Scripture? Can we cheerfully accept It if a decision 
doesn T t go our way? Do we try to force our viewpoint? 
If Christ *s Spirit is in us we will not threaten, force, 
or intimidate others, as these actions are foreign to 
His teachings. 


In various places Christ *s church is described, as a 
body, and it says He places each member in it as it 
pleases Him, A body works harmoniously because the 
intelligence directs each part through the nervous 
system. The hand doesn*t direct the foot nor does the 
eye direct the mouth. Each part responds to the intell- 
igence which directs the whole. 

In the church, Christ is this intelligence , and He 
directs us through His Spirit. When the Spirit directs 
each member in obedience to the Word it makes a wonder- 
fully harmonious body and fully expresses this freedom 
in Christ* 

In Galatians 5:1, the .apostle says, n Stand fast there- 
fore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, 
and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. 11 

He also says If we seek justification and security 
In law and form, we are fallen from grace. May we 
avoid that sad state, and instead, in experiencing 
this blessed freedom, become one in Him* 

— James Beery 

Nappanee, Indiana 


How man;/ times do we read that verse without really 
thinking about the love that God has bestowed on us? 
The kind of love that can make us His sons; His child- 
ren* Men and womefr, sinful and impure by an inherited 
nature, made members of the bride of Christ through the 
boundless and unending love of God, 

When the "love of God Is shed abroad in our hearts 
by the Holy Ghost," (Romans 5:5) something great will 
happen. Instead of loving ourselves, we will love God, 
and we will love others. We will do God's will instead 
of our own, and we will be unselfish in loving others. 
God's love is unselfish and Is best demonstrated in His 
gift to mankind: Jesus Christ, who loved us and gave 
Himself for us. This unselfish love is the "manner of 
love" we must have to please God. 

God T s manner of love is costly. Was It easy for 


Him to give His most precious possession, His only be- 
gotten Son, to die as a sinner for sin? Was it easy 
for Jesus to bear the cross, the shame and the sin? Is 
it easy and cheap to unselfishly love your brother or 
sister in Christ (or even an enemy)? Nol It wasn't 
easy for God; it cost Him His Son. It wasn't easy for 
Jesus; it cost Him His life. It \/on j t be easy for us 
either; we too will have to give up something that is 
very dear to all of usr our self nature. Loving others 
with God's manner of love takes effort and determin- 
ation — a conscious act of our wills. "We must choose 
to give, choose to be unselfish, choose to love. 

The apostle John wrote much about love," Why? n That 
ye may have fellowship. . .with the Father and with His 
Son Jesus Christ/ 1 "That your joy may be full," and 
"That ye sin not" (I John 1:3-4, 2:1). Do you want to 
be attached to and know God and Jesus? Do you want to 
have a full, joyful life? Do you want to be free from 
sin? The manner of love that God has to give can make 
these a reality in each of our lives. 

How can God's love keep sin out of our lives? If 
His love is in us, we will abhor sin and continually 
work at being more pure, more holy and more like Jesus. 
With God's manner of love working in and through us, 
we'll be preserved from sin: "Whosoever is born of 
God doth not commit sin; for His seed remaineth in him: 
and he cannot sin, because he is born of God." (I John 
3:9) Have we reached that level of purity? No, we all 
must admit that we* haven't. "If we say that we have no 
sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us." 
(I John 1:8) 

Is there then a continual condemnation from God upon 
His children? Nol God's manner of love in Christ 
Jesus has not only made a way possible to make us His 
children, hit to keep us that way: i;r ..,If any man sin, 
we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the 
righteous; And he is the propitiation for our sins..." 
(I John 2:1,2) "If we confess our sins, he Is faithful 
and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from 
all unrighteousness." (I John 1:9) Notice that this 


aspect of God T s love is conditional: "If we confess,.. 11 
God will not tolerate ongoing sin in our lives 1 

As we strive for perfection, let us remember that 
the two most important commandments in God ! s word deal 
solely with love: loving God and loving others. (Mark 
12:28-34) As we grow in our spiritual lives, let T s 
cultivate this manner of love, not the world 1 s selfish 
cheap, shallow, shortlived, lustful love. That kind 
will all pass away, but God f s love will, never cease 
or fail. With His manner of love in us and upon us 
whom have we to fear: "Who shall separate us from the 
love of Christ?... I am persuaded that " nothing will I 
Praise the Lord I 

Written with the hope of someday being like Jesus. 

— Lloyd Wagner 

Modesto, California 

(Continued from last issue) 


Living the .Christian life involves a daily battle. 
The Apostle Paul spoke of the great conflict that raged 
within him. He says In Romans 7:23, "I see another law 
in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and 
bringing me Into captivity to the law of sin which is 
in my members." On the one hand, his mind "was bombarded 
with solicitations to evil; on the other hand, there 
was the appeal of the Spirit of God, seeking to bring 
Paul's mind under God's authority. 

We are all subject to Satan's attacks. Every one 
of us has had problems with wrong thoughts. It is true 
that the work of sanctification Is a slow process, and 
never reaches perfection here in this life — yet each 
of us has a responsibility In the realm of thought- 
control. God says, "Let the wicked forsake his way, 
■--'and the unrighteous man his thoughts '.' (Isaiah 55:7-9)* 
And again, "Thou wilt keep him In perfect peace, whose 
mind is stayed on thee" (Isaiah 26:3). And in another 


place, "Be not conformed to this world, but be trans- 
formed by the renewing of your mind " (Romans 12: 2). 

But how does one go about conquering evil thoughts? 
What ^are some of the practical approaches? One method 
for defeating evil of any kind, is to run away from it. 
The Bible says, "Let everyone that names the name of 
Christ depart from iniquity" (II Timothy 2:19). And 
again, " Flee youthful lusts" (II Timothy 2:22) . When 
Joseph was tempted by Potiphar's wife, he fled and got 
away (Genesis 39:12), This is why it iz boot not to 
buy a television set. This is why young couples should 
plan things together, go away together, and always let 
the other partner know of their whereabouts. One way 
to conquer evil thoughts — is to stay away from situ- 
ations that can stimulate wrong thinking and provide 
easy occasions to sin. 

Another means for achieving victory over evil thoughts 
is to be on the alert and to watch and pray. We must 
constantly reckon ourselves dead to sin and alive to 
God. It takes conscious effort; it takes human resolve; 
it is not going to come automatically— but it can be 
done. Controlling the thought-life requires a deter- 
mined effort on our part. We can't keep Satan from in- 
jecting wrong thoughts into our minds, but we don't 
have to dwell on those thoughts. There's a difference 
between receiving a thought and re taining a thought, 
The old saying about keeping a bird from building a 
nest in our hair is altogether true. 

What shall we do about evil thoughts that invade 
our minds? What shall be our response to the wander- 
ing thoughts that disturb our prayer time? One answer 
is this: Act the policeman I Bring every thought into 
captivity(into obedience to Christ). The Bible says, 
"The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty 
■through God, to the pulling down of strongholds; cast- 
ing down imaginations,... and bringing into captivity 
every thought to the obedience of Christ." (II Cor. 
10:4-5) When an unlawful thought seeks to enter your 
mind — be on the alert; reckon yourself dead to it;' 
arrest it. Keep a watchful eye. Guard your mind all 


day long. Sit in judgment upon every thought that 
flickers through your mind. When sinful thoughts pop 
into your head — repeat aloud a Scripture verse; begin 
to sing a hymn; offer a prayer for deliverance. And 
slowly but surely (with God's help) you will bring into 
captivity your thought-life. 

If we give diligence to think upon those things 
which are lovely and honest and praiseworthy — we will 
experience growth in grace , and our lives will become 
more pure — ready to meet Jesus when He comes. On the 
other hand, we can usually hide our thoughts from 
others if we want to. We can pose as saints (if we 
choose to), while at the same time our thoughts are 
feasting on garbage. Whether you dwell on evil thoughts 
and delight in them, or whether you reject evil thoughts 
and despise them — is one major test of your spiritual 
concern and your loyalty to Ghrist. 

May the Lord help us to guard our minds and give us 
power to reject what is untrue and help us not to let 
any picture hang on the halls of our imaginations, that 
we would not want hanging on the walls of our homes. 

By Harold S. Martin in Bible H elps 
Selected by Herman Royer 


We find it hard, to believe something we hear, unless 
we have seen something similar, Jesus used parables to 
illustrate His speech with things that people were used 
to seeing. The Resurrection was very hard for the 
Apostles to believe, even though they had seen some 
restored to life. Jesus asked them at one time, "Have 
ye your hearts yet hardened, having ears hear ye not, 
and do ye not perceive?" Even so we find ourselves 
slow to whole-heartedly believe that this is possible. 
It is impossible to us unless the Spirit has control 
of our hearts. So let us prepare for the next step 
in life. 

— Ernest Wagner, Modesto, California 



Faith enables us to realize our true position of 
pilgrims and strangers upon earth , looking for the 
city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is 
God. It is unto this that we are introduced by faith 
at our conversion. For what is our conversion but a 
turning our back upon the world and bidding farewell 
to all that the heart had hitherto been entwined 
around ? 

It is then that, like Abraham, we forsake all and 
go out not knowing whither. Our ties are broken, 
though sometimes hard to sever. New ones are formed, 
though not on earth. We begin to look around us and 
find all things new. We feel that we are strangers — 
strangers in that spot where we have been so long at 
home.' But this is our joy* We have left our father's 
house, but W^ are hastening to a more enduring home* 
We have taken leave of the world— but we have become 
heirs of the eternal Kingdom, sons and daughters of 
the Lord almighty. We have left Egypt, but Canaan is 
in view, We are in the wilderness, but we are free. 
Ours is a pathless waste, but we move forward under 
the shadow of the guardian cloud. Sorrowful, we yet 
rej-jlce; poor, we make many rich; having nothing, yet 
we possess all things. We have a rich inheritance in 
reversion and a long eternity in which to enjoy It 
without fear of loss, or change, or end. 

By Horatius Bonar 

Selected by Susan R. Coning 


We, the members of the Old Brethren Church In Calif- 
ornia, have agreed to hold our Fall Lovefeast Meeting, 
the Lord willing, at Salida on November 15 & 16. We 
sincerely invite all our dear brethren and sisters and 
friends to come and be with us at this time of communion 
and spiritual revival. — Jos e ph L. Cover 



Thou great First Cause! least understood, 

In every clime adored; 
We all know this — that thou art good. 

The universal Lord! 

If I am right , Thy Grace impart , 

Still in the right to stay; 
If I am -wrong, teach my heart 

To find that better way. 

Teach me to feel another's woe, 

To hide the fault I see; 
That mercy I to others show, 

That mercy show to me. 

— Selected by Bertie Baker 

I shall live on in the lives of my children, 

whether for good or ill,, 
Long, long after my voice that is speaking today, 

is still ♦ 
I shall speak on through the generations 

that follow me. Word by word 
As I gather my children close about me > 

my voice shall be heard. 
On and on through the vast forever — 

whatever words I say 
Will live in the lives that shall come after 

my brief day. 
I fall on my knees — I pray for guidance, 

for wisdom in my choice 
Of words today — Oh Lord, speak through me, 

and be my voice! 

— Grace Noll Crowell 
Selected by Joe & Elizabeth Royer 

Those who live the Christian life never see each 
other for the last time. Selected 



The following is an incident from the life of Elder 
John Kline, travelling Brethren preacher in the 1800* s. 


This is about five miles north of Harrisonburg, in 
Rockinghajn County , Virginia. It is at present occupied 
by Benjamin Miller , the youngest son of Daniel Miller, 
He stands high as. overseer of the Greenmount church. 
He has a numerous family of intelligent and godly child- 
ren, all now grown up, and members of the Brethren 

At the time of this meeting, Brother Daniel Miller's 
family was young, and most of the children were at home, 
eighteen in all , and all children of one mother. Bro- 
ther Kline says: »I felt deeply impressed with the 
weighty responsibility resting upon the father and 
mother of this pleasant and orderly household; and not 
upon them only, but upon us also, who are preachers of 
the Word. In this feeling, I proposed the reading of 
the fifteenth chapter of John's Gospel. I spoke brief- 
ly from these words: ! If I had not come and spoken 
unto them, thay had not had sin.* John 15:22.. 


"These words are a part of our Lord*s farewell coun- 
sel to his little band of chosen disciples. This was 
just before his betrayal into the hands of his murderers. 
He spoke to them about this sinful world. He told them 
how the people of the world would treat them, and what 
they would think of the glorious 'Gospel which they were 
soon to proclaim. 'In the world, * said he to them, *ye 
shall have tribulation; but' in me, ye shall have peace. 1 
The text does not teach that men who are ignorant of 
God's Word are sinless; neither does it teach that the 
doctrine which our blessed Savior taught tends to make 
men sinners. Oh, no! But this is what it means: That 
God is so merciful and gracious that until men are in- 
structed and warned of their danger, he does not hold 
them severely accountable. But when the light of truth 


is shed around them;, and the way of life and salvation 
pointed out to them, and they* then shut their eyes to 
the light and close their hearts to knowledge, he holds 
them accountable , and deals with them as sinners, 

"I feel now to address a few words to the dear young 
people who are assembled here. The Lord bless you in 
'the dew of your youth, while your hearts are yet tender; 
before age and sin have made you hard, give your hearts 
to God. This you can do by loving our Lord Jesus Christ, 
who laid down His life for you. When you love him with 
the heart, you believe on Him with the heart; and when 
you believe oh Sim with the heart, you have a desire 
in your heart to obey Him by doing His commandments. 
You will purify your souls by obeying the truth. 'Re- 
member now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, 1 
'Seek the Lord while he may be found; call ye upon him 
while he is near; 1 for, saith He, r they that seek me 
early shall find me . ' 

"But you may desire to know how you are to seek the 
Lord, and where you are to look for Him. I hope you are 
thinking of this now; so I will tell you. The only 
place where the Lord can be found is in His Holy Word. 
There you find Him in the form of the man Christ Jesus, 
And whilst He is there set forth as the 'man of sorrows 
and acquainted with grief, ' He is also set forth as the 
'true God and eternal life. 1 He there says: ! If any 
man thirst, let him come unto me and drink. 1 'And he 
that drinketh of the water that I will give unto him 
shall never thirst, 1 This water is the Truth of His 
Word, It so fills the soul xtfith love and light and joy 
and peace, as to become a fountain of delight within 
us, Reading God's Word in the right spirit is drink- 
ing of the Water of 'Life. When this truth finds a 
place in the memory through the love of it, the memory 
keeps our thoughts perpetually supplied with it, and 
thus it becomes, as our Lord says, 'a fountain within 
us unto everlasting life. 1 " 

Selected from 
Life and Labors of Elder John Kline, 1835 



"But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not 
defile himself." Daniel? A captive; still a youth; 
far from home and kindred; a child of God in a pagan 
province. There were enough ingredients to make him 
bitter and arrogant. But he purposed. 

Daniel chose , and he chose for the right. "Choose 
you this day whom ye will serve." (Joshua 24:15) Pur- 
pose of heart is a personal responsibility. Whether it 
be abstaining from forbidden food or sticking to the 
speed limit, we individually decide our demeanor. 

We need to m^ke our choice regardless of popular trend 
or public opinion t Apparently Daniel was more devoted 
to truth and right than fitting in with his peers. 
Seemingly the majority of other Jewish young men did not 
take principle as seriously as he did. They ate the 
king ! s meat and drank his wine. But Daniel had mas- 
tered the lesson Jesus had outlined to Peter: "What 
is that to thee? follow thou me." 

This kind of courageous purpose of heart takes rigor- 
ous self-discipline. It calls for self-crucifixion. 
"Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, 
and take up his cross, and follow me" (Mark 8:34) 

The mastery of rigorous lessons is never without 
reward though. Daniel purposed properly, and God blessed 
abundantly. At thf end of the ten days, Daniel and 
his three friends came forth robust and healthy.. Their 
bodies were strong, and their I.Q. ! s" surpassed that of 
the wisest magicians and astrologers. Proper purpose 
will always prevail. 

"I have set before you life and death, blessing and 
cursing; Therefore choose life" (Deuteronomy 30:19)* 

By Daisy Sue King in Companions 
Selected by Nancy Olyer 

A philosopher sees less on his tiptoes than a 

Christian sees on his knees. 

— Selected 

"WHY CAN'T I HE...?" 

"Mother," a weary girl complains, "I T m so tired of 
low grades! Why can't I be smarter — like Elaine?" 

A dissatisfied 9-year-old boy grumbles, "I wish I 
wasn T t so short. Why can't I be tall, like Bill?" 

"It just isn't fair!" a 13-year-old girl sobs, 
"People always laugh at me. I can't help it that I 
don't talk clearly, like other people! Why can't I be 
like everyone else?" 

"I sure wish we didn't have to live in town," a 
14-year-old boy laments. "Why can't we live on a farm 
out in the country? Why can't I be a farmer's son, 
instead of a storekeeper's?" 

Have you ever caught yourself asking similar 
questions — frustrating questions with no answers that 
could satisfy you? 

As we grow up to maturity, we soon learn that some 
things in life can be changed, and some things simply 
can't. Our Creator recognized this when He asked, "Can 
the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his 
spots?" Jer. 13:23a, Some things we must simply 
accept, for it is not in our power to change them. 
And here's where nature's example would teach us its 
simple wisdom: If something can't be changed , just learn 
to live with it as well as you can . If a bird loses 
one eye, it hunts for food as well as it can with 
just one eye — and keeps on singing. 

Like the leopard, we can't change the way we are 
made. But we can change the way we feel about it! Let's 
not compare ourselves with others, but thank God 
for what we can be! —Stanley K. Brubaker 

THE PILGRIM Sonors, Calif. 

19201 Cherokee Rd. 
Tuolumne, Calif, 95379 


VOL, 33 NOVEMBER, 1986 NO. II 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." / Peter 2:11 


Thanksgiving, Lord to Thee 
For blessings full and free 

Of Thy great grace; 
To know Thy. Word and will 
Thy ways in us instill; 
Thy righteousness fulfill 

In time and place. 

Thanksgiving is Thy duej 
May we to Thee be time 

In word and deed; 
Walking along the way, 
•Leading to brighter day, 
Nearer to Thee we pray, 

Humbly we plead. 

Thanksgiving for the grave 
Opened; and power to save 

Giren our. Lord. 
See Hiri aiscending high 
Into the riven sky; 
Praise "he to Him, we cry 

Our living Word. 

Thanksgiving for this land, 
Blessings on every hand, 

Bountiilhl store; 
Let us give ..thanks and sing 
To Thee our God and King; 
Honor and tribute bring 


—J, I. Cover (1963) 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the 
Old Brethren Church, Subscription rate: $2.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing Editor: Leslie Cover 

Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, CA 95379 


Job; whom we think of as a symbol of patience, was 
becoming upset. His friends came to comfort him and 
proved to be accusers instead of sympathizers. He 
finally lashed out at them: "No doubt but ye are the 
people , and wisdom shall die with you. But I have 
understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you: 
yea, who knoweth not such things as these?' 1 KLiphaz 
had reminded Job, ■ " . . .Who ever perished, being Innocent? 11 
(4:7) Bildad had charged, "If thou wert pure and up- 
right; surely now he would awake for thee..." (8:16) 
Zophar had been even more accusing: "Should thy lies . 
make men hold their peace? and when thou mockest, shall 
no man make thee ashamed? (11:3) 

To go back to the root of Job's problem, Satan had 
accused God of favoring Job. He said, "Doth Job fear 
God for nought? Hast not thou made an hedge about 
him?... thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his 
substance is increased in the land. But put forth 
thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will 
curse thee to thy face." 

Job, even in his distress, passed the test; he would 
not "curse God" even at the suggestion of his wife. But 
in the course of his trials, he learned much and has 
given his example to the world as part of God ! s Holy 
Word. When he saw the greatness and goodness of God 
more clearly he exclaimed^ "...I uttered that I under- 
stood not... I have heard of thee by the hearing of the 
ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor 
myself, and repent in dust and ashes." (42:3-6) 

All this should inform us today of how good God is 
and of where our problems really originate — in the ac- 
cusations of a malicious and sinister enemy of God and 
man. He is still accusing that we serve God for gain. 
And how is it with us? Do we? 


At this season , minds are focused on thanksgiving. 
We know partly how good God is. We understand by His 
Word that He gave Jesus t& be our Saviour. And that we 
can never repay — that we have no resources with which 
to pay even part of the price of our salvation. So then, 
is there no significant response for us to make? If we 
cannot. pay, is it sufficient to give Him thanks? If it 
is genuine, from the heart, involving the submitting of 
our wills, softening our pride, inclining our hearts, 
then perhaps we could say this describes our response of 
fervant thanksgiving. But it is so easy to offer God 
our thanks and then go on our own selfish way — In effect, 
serving God for the blessings He gives us. 

Perhaps it would be good for us to experience some- 
thing similar to what Job went through. He lost every- 
thing and had to start over. And even though he was a 
"perfect and upright" man before, he no doubt appreciated 
God T s good things more the second time. 

Many have had this same experience as they were driven 
and persecuted from place to place. And we, even in this 
land of prosperity, must somehow in the Spirit or in 
reality as Paul "suffer the loss of all things, and 
count them but dung, that (we) may win Christ." We 
somehow must get our values right. Jesus asks us, "For 
what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole 
world, and lose his own soul?" (Mark .8:36) 

Does the Lord ask each of us to "Go and sell that 
thou hast, and give to the poor..." as he told the rich 
young man? This young man had his heart on' his possess- 
ions, for he went away sorrowful. Joseph of Arimathaea 
was rich, but he was also devout and a disciple of Jesus. 
Jesus obviously did not tell him what he told the young 

But let us take the lesson to heart. If our affec- 
tions, are on the things of earth and not on things above, 
we must ret rid of them or -change our affections. Paul 
said for the distress of his time that they that buy 
should be "as though they possessed not." Is it poss- 
ible for us to have this attitude? I believe we should 
hold our possessions in such a way that, if all were 
taken away, we would not be any poorer but still rich 



in faith. "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; 
blessed be the name of the Lord." 

If our hearts are hopelessly set on the things of 
earth, then perhaps we should not thank God for them 
this year, but pray that He would take them away and 
show us the true riches, Jesus tells us (Mark 12:15), 
"Take heed, and beware of covetousness; for a man's life 
consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he 

But back to the question of our response to God for 
all His blessings — both temporal and spiritual. Psalin 
116:12 says, "What shall I render unto the Lord for all 
his benefits toward me?" The writer has some positive 
suggestions that we can use in our time. 

1. "I will take the cup of salvation..." This re- 
sponse that only a fexv are making in our time, honors 
God in receiving what He has paid so much for; To 
spurn His salvation is to refuse Jesus and God Himself. 

2. "...And. call upon the name of the Lord." God 
wants us to communicate Him just like we who are 
parents treasure response and communication from our 
children. He wants us to tell Him our troubles and 
recognize that He has power and skill to deliver us. 

3. "I will pay my vows unto the Lord now in the pre- 
sence of all his people." God is pleased to see us live 
up to our promises. "In the presence of all his people" 
is an important part, too. We can worship and serve 
alone, but how encouraging it is to testify before 
others by our life* and effort that God is worthy of all 
our time, 

4. "I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanks- 
giving and call upon the name of the Lord." This "sacri- 
fice" is one we can and should make continually. Un- 
thankfulness is a sin characteristic of the last days. 
May we not be overtaken by a "taking-things-for-granted" 
attitude or a I-have-it-coming mind. May we give God 
our thanks from our hearts and also our life service. 

— L.C. 
"Our hearts, our all, to Thee we give; 

The gift, though small, do Thou receive." 




"If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? 
and if thou doest not "well, sin lieth at the door. And 
unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shall rule over 
him." (Genesis 4:7) 

God was talking to Cain after his offering was re- 
jected. Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell. 
In my own xvords the Lord was saying that if we do what 
we know we should, we have nothing to feel quilty about, 
but if we do things we know we shouldn't we feel quilty, 
and sin is lying at our door waiting to take us over. 
When we realize this, we can rule over this evil; if we 
do not, sin will rule over us. 

Even today you and I are made up like Cain was; we 
have our selfish nature to deal with. Maybe Cain real- 
ized why God wasn ! t pleased with his offering and was 
ready to repent, but the old devil was there telling 
Cain that God wasn ! t fair, and that he had a right to 
feel sorry for himself. I can imagine Cain just dwell- 
ing on it so long that the only way out was to kill 
Abel. That is what will happen today if we dwell on 
the negative constantly. We will not kill our brother 
physically , but whatever happens , God will not be 
pleased, Satn;"; doesn't care how we grieve our Father — 
just so we grieve Hinu It is the little foxes that 
spoil the vine, I cnce heard a man say that his father 
told him not to let the devil get a hold of him in any - 
way, not even, his" finger. If he gets your finger he 
will twist and jerk till he has your arm. The more we 
fall into sin, the harder it is to get out. 

No matter how much advice or counsel we get, we 
have to want to change, or we will still be in the same 
old rut. If Cain would have taken heed to God's voice 
and lived a righteous life, how much better it would * 
have beyen. It isn't easy to swallow our pride and let 
others know we were wrong, but it is the only way. 

After Cain had slain his brother, the Lord told him, 
"...A fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth. 


Isn T t that the way we feel when we are not living a 
Godly life? We feel like a fugitive running away from 
danger — just fleeing. There have been many times after 
hearing a sermon that I felt like disappearing if I 
could. I just knew the preacher was talking to me. 
Why? Because I was like Cain; sin was lying at my door. 
I knew things were not right , but I was too selfish to 
admit I was in the wrong. 

We need to apply every sermon to our lives, and 
there will always be points we need to improve on, but 
when we feel ill toward the minister, there is serious 
trouble in our life. 

It is like when I fail to brush my teeth as I should, 
my gums bleed and the mouthwash burns like fire. When 
I am in this condition, I don f t feel good about it. 
It would be foolish for me to throw away the brush and 
mouthwash. If I do, there is no more hope of ever be- 
ing better. But instead of throwing them away, just 
keep on brushing, and finally there will be no more 
hurt or burn. 

When Stephen was before the- council rebuking them 
for killing the prophets and even Jesus, they "... Cried 
out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran 
upon him with one accord ." Why did they act this way? 
Because their conscience pricked them, they were guilty. 
Just like Cain, they though t, getting rid of their oppo- 
nent would make things better. Too many tines this is 
the way we act. When we hear something that pricks our 
conscience, we stop our ears to what the minister is 
saying. Too many times we throw stones at him, not 
visible stones, but stones of hate, envj^ strife, and 
many others. Next time we feel uncomfortable in the 
house of God, let T s examine our hearts. Somewhere there 
will be a cavity that needs to have the decay ground out, 
and the proper ingredients filled in. There will be 
some bleeding and burning, but as the Word brushes us 
completely, the stronger we will get. I hope as I go 
about my daily work, that I can always remember God ! s 
question to Cain. "If thou doest well, shalt thou not 
be accepted? 11 ~ Everett Oyler 

New Paris, Indiana 


„ Rio Verde, Goias, Brazil, S.A. 
November 11, 1986 

Dear Readers, ' 

Wednesday, June 18, my oldest son and I traveled 
from Rio Verde by bus to Goiania (the capital city of 
the state) to transact some business. Upon arriving 
there at 12 o' clock noon, we didn't purchase our re- 
turn bus tickets as we didn't know what time we would be 
finished with the business* . We arrived back at the bus 
station at 6 o'clock P.M. and the ticket agent said, 
"All of the bus tickets to Rio Verde are sold out until 
the 11:00 P.M. bus." We bought our tickets for that, 
bus and then went down town and ate our evening meal 
and did a little shopping. It was 8:30 P.M. when we 
arrived back at the bus station, so we walked across the 
street and sat and visited with two night watchmen at 
an automobile , dealership. In a little while a young 
boy came around the- end of the post office building of 
the bus station (across the street from where we were 
sitting) with a newspaper in his hand. He must have 
been 7 to 9 years of age. He laid down on the concrete 
walk next to the building and began to cover himself 
with the newspaper leaves . He wasn't having much suc- 
cess as a breeze kept bloving them off. In a little 
while he jumped up and ran back toward the bus station 
terminal. Thirty or forty minutes later I noticed him 
lying over there on the concrete walk curled up with 
the newspaper leaves lying around him. 

I walked over to him and began to cover him up and 
talk to him. He was not yet asleep, but was lying on 
his side with his eyes closed, and never looked up or 
moved during our conversation. I stroked his hair 
lightly with my hand as we conversed. I asked him 
three times, "Where is your house and home? Where do you 
you live?" Each time he simply and clearly responded, 
"The world." I then questioned him about his father 
and mother. This must have been extremely painful and 
sad to him, as it was to me when he responded, "I don't 
have a father and mother." I then said to him, "You 
have a Father in heaven that loves you very much." He 


said,, "No, I don 1 ! have a father." I told him, "I under- 
stand what you are saying; but do you know about God in 
heaven that has created all things good and you and me? 
He loves you and cares for you. He is your Father." 
He simply stated once more, ""I don't have a father I" 
I then asked, "What is your name? He said, "I don't 
know! I don't have a name." I asked him if he was 
hungry^ and he responded, "No." I then asked, "Do you 
always have enough to eat?" He said, "Yes." I asked, 
"Do you have work to do?" He answered, "I polish and 
shine shoes." We see many small boys at the bus sta- 
tions shining shoes. I then told him, "May our Father 
in heaven bless you, and have a good night's sleep. I 
will be praying for you. Good night I" - I was disap- 
pointed I couldn't have his name to try to contact him 
in the future* 

A while later we boarded the bus for the trip home, 
and as the bus pulled out and went around the end of the 
bus station, the boy was still lying there under the 
starlit sky covered with the newspaper. 

Brethren, Sisters, Neighbors, Friends and Children, 
this child could have been you or I. This experience 
helps us appreciate more fully what our Father in hea- 
ven has given us. His word tells us, To whom much is 
given, there is much required. Just think a moment of 
ourselves in this child's situation* No house, ho home, 
no earthly father or mother to teach us- about our hea- 
venly Father and the Saviour Jesus (the only meaning of 
this life). You and I realize and know there are many 
other children in this world suffering more than this 
boy. Besides the adversities he has they are hungry 
and cold, where there is war and strife. Let's continue 
to pray for and help the world's hungry people as we 
have opportunity, that they may receive natural and 
spiritual food. "Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry I 
of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall hot 
be heard." (Proverbs 21:13) 

I am trying to be more thankful and appreciative 
than I have ever been before. All we have belongs to 
our hoayenly Father. 



May we continue to thank and glorify our Father in 
Heaven through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.* 

-Wade Flora 



Jesus told His disciples, "Lift "-up your eyes, and 
look on the fields; for they are white, already to har-* 
vest." When we read reports from all around the world, 
it makes us realise to some extent that we are in the 
eleventh hour of harvest. The parable of the tares 
and the wheat, which with our method of harvest would 
cause a great loss of grain, does not show a loss with 
the Lord's harvest; with an innumerable number of 
angels there will be no loss of good grain. As we are 
told, not one sparrow is forgotten by God. When the 
Lord by the prophet told Heziekiah, n Set thine house in 
order; for thou shalt'die, and not live, 11 he repented 
and besought the Lord, and he was given ample time to 
do so. 


r know we cannot appreciate how our bodies are cre- 
ated, with all the different parts working to help each 
other, until we lose the use of some parts and have to 
do what we are able to do. with those parts and senses 
that remain. When we look back we have reflections of 
the past that make us realize what blessings we have 

had and how many we are still allowed to enjoy. We are 
living in a time of great abundance of temporal and 
spiritual blessings. Even in old age there are food 
and shelter provided. And we are free to worship the 
Lord and enjoy peace and comfort in His service. 


We should thank the Lord that He has provided a home 
for us who are disabled where we can come and be cared 


for. ^s long as our senses of seeing, hearing^ feel- 
ing,- etc. remain, every effort is made to encourage 
and help. Also our spiritual life is encouraged, hav- 
ing a domfortable room for services and faithful friends 
who are willing to give their time and labor to encour- 
age us on our way in hope of a better life ahead. 

— Ernest Wagner 

Modesto, California 


"Mama, Mama, 
See this book? 
Would you please 
Just stop and look?" 

"Later on we'll 
Get it down; 
But right now 
Let's get to town." 

"Mama, Mama, 
Did you know, 
I would like to 
Help you sew?" 

"Not right now, 
I'm in a hurry; 
Gg and play; 
I must scurry." 

"Mama, Mama, 
Would you sit 
Down here and 
Help me knit?" 


"I really should, 
That I know, 
But the house 
Needs cleaning so." 


M Mama j Mama, 
Can we pray? 
Things are troubling 
Me today. " 

" That's just fine j. 
This seam is sewn. , , 
Wait a minute — 
There ' s the phone , " 

"Mama, Mama, 
Now I've grown; 
Can you see, 
How time has flown?" 

"Daughter, Daughter, 
Come and stay? 
Why is it now, 
You turn away?" 

— Susan Harper 
Napannee , Indiana 


A bishop who wis contented and cheerful through a 
long period of trial^ when asked the secret of his 
contentment, said, "I will tell you. I make a right 
use of my eyes," 

"Please explain." 

"Most willingly," was the answer. "First, I look up 
to Heaven and remember that my principal business is to 
get there. Then I look down upon the earth and think 
how small a place I shall occupy when I am buried. 
Then I look around and see the many who are in all re- 
spects much worse off than I am. Then I learn where 
true happiness lies, where all our care ends, and how 

little reason I have to complain. 

Author unknown 

Selected by Bertie Baker 



Thursday, September 8. Anna (Brother Kline's wife) 
and I go to Lost River to attend a love feast. We stay 
all night at Celestine Whitmore* s. 

Sunday, September 11. Meeting and love feast at 
Mathias's. Hebrews 8 is read. We have a delightful 
day and night, and many-people are assembled* I speak 
oft the chapter read, and also upon the general scope 
and design of the epistle to the Hebrews. Hebrews and 
Jews and Israelites are all one; each being only a dif- 
ferent name for the same race of people. The name 
Hebrew appears to have been derived from Eber or Heber, 
the grandson of Shem. The name Jew is supposed to have 
been derived from Judah, one of the sons of Jacob. The 
name Israelite was derived from Jacob whom the angel of 
the Lord called Israel. 

This epistle was written to the Hebrews, or Jewish 
Christians, to remove from their minds some difficul- 
ties and obscurities in their way of rightly understand- 
ing the way of salvation provided by our Lord Jesus 
Christ* On account of their former connection with the 
ceremonial law and th ~ Mosaic ritual, it was hard for 
them to see and appr'jc ^abe the simplicity that is in 
Christ. Like Naaman the Syrian, they thought the cere- 
monial part should possess more parade and show, to 
have In it the repaired virtue . He thought that bathing 
his body seven in the river Jordan was a ceremony 
too simple to remove his leprosy; so these Hebrew Chris- 
tians thought the simple ordinances of the house of God 
were too insignificant to take away their sins. They 
had been instructed in the ordinances of a worldly 
sanctuary and a worldly priesthood. As Christ had 
abolished all these, by giving to the church the spirit- 
ual substance of which these were the shadow, it was 
necessary that they be very particularly and plainly 
taught how this was done. The writer of this epistle 
has shown this In very clear light. 


The chapter read speaks of the True Tabernacle, 
which the Lord pitched, and not man. It presents Jesus 
as the Mediator of a better covenant, which has been 
established upon better promises. This is the covenant: 
tT I will put my laws into their mind, and on their heart 
also will I write them: I will be to them a God; and 
they shall be to me a people. For I will be merciful 
to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their 
iniquities will I remember no more. M These are cheer- 
ing words: "Their sins will I remember no more. ,! Be- 
loved brethren and sisters, this is precisely the way 
God deals with every one of His truly penitent and obe- 
dient children. He remembers their sins no more. No 
matter how great sinners they have been, no matter how 
they have abused and dishonored Him, He holds nothing 
against them. In this we may see the spirit we should 
all possess. We are all commanded to be followers of 
God, as dear children, and walk in love. 

I have sometimes heard a brother or a sister say: 
"I can forgive y but I cannot forget. " Brethren, we 
would not feel very well if the Lord were to say this 
to us and of us. How would we be made to feel if our 
blessed Lord were to say to each of us: "I am willing 
to forgive your trespasses against me; I am willing to 
ssnre you, because I have promised to save all who repent 
and believe My Gospel; but I can never forget the way 
you have treated Me, and will never be willing to trust 
you as I could have trusted you; and can never again 
have the same confidence in you that I would have had 5 
had you treated Me in a different way"? Such forgiveness 
this on the part of our Lord toward us would rob salva- 
tion of all its joy. It would turn the sun into dark- 
ness and the moon into blood. It would change the har- 
mony of heaven into notes of discord In our ears. But 
thi's would be the very sort of forgiveness that is im- 
plied in the saying: "I can forgive > but I cannot for- 

Notice, however, the care and the order apparent in 
the insertion of that loving clause, "and your sins will 
I remember no more." Notice the introduction: "I will 


be to you a God; and ye shall be to me a people*" In 
what follows, the Divine Love is strongly marked: "For 
I will be merciful to your iniquities, and your sins 
will' I remember no more." This last crowns it all. 
The sajne thing is meant by the prophet; in another place 
where the Lord says: "As far as the east is from the". 
west, so far have I removed your sins from you. n And 
again, "Thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths 
of the* sea," So deep down are they that they will 
never rise up against us any more. 

Such must our forgiveness of one another be, brethren 
and sisters, if we would imitate the Lord* We should 
never forget that genuine forgiveness implies a complete 
forgetfulness of all trespasses in the past. Our Lord 
says, "If ye forgive not men their trespasses,, neither 
will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses," 
To forgive from the heart is to forgive in love; and 
love thinketh no ill of one f s brother or sister. 

Let each one examine himself. If you feel in your 
heart that you love the Lord your God with all your 
heart, and your brother and your sister in the Lord as 
you love yourself, I feel authorized In behalf of Christ 
and the church to say to you that Jesus will remember 
your roais no more. You have a right to sing the song: 

Savior, more than life to me, 

I am clinging close to Thee; 

Let Thy blood, by faith applied, 

Keep me ever near Thy side. 

Every day and every hour, 

Let me feel Thy cleansing power, 

Till my soul is lost in love, 

In a brighter world above. (Fanny Crosby) 

From Life and Labors of Elder John Kline 

by Benjamin Funk 

Bill Miller's P.O. Box 10 (5013 Lanewood Ct,) 
Salida, California 95368 



Have you ever been discouraged and thought that no- 
thing else could go wrong? Then as you pause in your 
troubled thoughts, you hear a song, "Lift me up above 
the shadows.. ." or "...all' our sins and griefs to bear." 
All of a sudden, if you let the lovely music and inspir- 
ing words sink down inside, your problems seem small. 

What a beautiful thing a song is ! It is something 
you can enjoy while you work or play. A person can 
even be meditating on a song without making a sound* 
God has given us voices to sing His praises. 

A song can be uplifting to the elderly. The singers 
are rewarded with smiles and brightened countenances 
from those who must spend many long, lonely hours. 
Even a tiny baby responds to a song. Time and again 
have little ones fallen asleep to one of our beautiful 

I think God enjoys our songs the most when they are 
spontaneous. Sometimes you feel so joyful or thankful. 
What better way do we have to tell God our feelings 
than in. a song or prayer? Often the singing does not 
stop with one verse but many over and over. 

The Hebrew children sang as they crossed the Red Sea, 
David was a musician and sang with his. harp, Jesus and 
His disciples sang a hymn after the Last Supper. .Paul 
encourages us in Ephesians 5:19: "Singing and making 
melody In your heart to the Lord.' 1 

Surely we all want to sing that new song in Heaven, 
There we will hear singing. like we have never heard. 
All will join in praise to our Maker, May we eaeh do 
our part in cheering our brother in song. 

Lord give us singing hearts — 

Hearts that are joyful through all the day; 

Hearts that are cheerful though skies are gray, 

Singing with Jesus though rough the way — 

Lord, give us singing hearts. (Tabitha Co blent z) 

— Rosanna Cover, Tuolumne, California 


"To every thing there is a season, and a time to 
every purpose under the heaven" (Eccl. 3:1) « Bo you 
know what time it is? A clock tells you the hour, and a 
calendar tells the day and year. But what time is it? 
How. does this present moment of time fit in with all of 
time and eternity? What time is It on God 1 s clock? 
. How many, seconds do you have left in your life here on 
earth? And how much longer will it be until God says 
"Time shall be no longer! 11 and eternity begins? 

God wants us to know the times. He made a huge clock 
that Is thousands of thousands of miles wide. The sun 
Is the "day hand," the moon is the "month hand," and 
the changing constellations form the huge "year hand," 
God placed these wonders in the sky "for signs, and 
for seasons, " and men used them for thousands of years 
to tell the time. 

God also provides for us in the gradual change of 
the seasons. Many people live in parts of the world 
where the winters get very cold — so cold that people 
would freeze If they were unprepared, Have you ever 
noticed how God designed the seasons to change from 
comfortable summer to dangerous winter? If every day 
would be exactly one degree colder than the day before 
we would hardly notice the change, or be prepared for 
winter. * But, instead, we have a sudden "cold snap" that 
warns us to get that firewood made, and to bring in 
everything from the garden. Then, we have more weeks of 
warmer weather before winter gets dangerously cold. 

What time is it? As we grow in days and years, let T s 
grow in wisdom too-~-to discern God's times and seasons. 

— Stanley K, Bru baker 

THE PILGRIM Sonora, Calif. 

19201 Cherokee Rd. 
■Tuolumne, Calif. 95379 


VOL. 33 DECEMBER, 1986 NO. 12 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." / Peter 2:ti 


When marshalled in th£ nightly plain , 

The glittering- hosts bestud the sky; 
One Star alone in all that train 

Can fix the sinners wandering eye. 
Harkt hark to Godi the chorus breaks 

From every host, from every gem; 
But one alone the Saviour speaks; 

It is the Star of Bethlehem. 

Once on the raging sea I rowed; 

The wave -was loud; the night was dark; 
The ocean yawned and rudely showed 

The wind that tossed my floundering bark. 
Deep horror there my vitals froze; 

Death struck; I ceased the tide to stem; 
When suddenly a star arose; 

It was the Star of Bethlehem, 

It was my life, my light, my all; 

It bade vsty dark forbodings cease; 
And through the storm and danger 1 s thrall 

It led me to the port of peace. 
Now safely moored, my perils o ! er, 

IMlsing first in night's diadem: 
Forever, oh^ forevermorel 

The Star, the Star of Bethlehem! 

— - • J « I • 




THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the 
Old Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $2.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing Editor: Leslie Cover 

Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, CA 95379 


u In China they celebrate their holiday just about 
like they do in the United States, For weeks in advance 
they prepare for a parade and make special decorations 
and then stay up all night celebrating the holiday." 

The words from the local paper were by a young 
Chinese teacher observing and learning teaching methods 
here to use in her own country. She was seeing 
"Christmas 11 for the first time and comparing the Amer- 
ican observance to the Chinese celebration of their 
New Year. The occasion was different, but the celebra- 
tion was "about the same." Is it possible that people 
the world over are very much alike and love to celebrate 
and that the occasion doesn't really matter so much? 
The fact that a secular (or perhaps heathen) celebration 
could bear resemblance to what is supposed to be a 
Christian observance would indicate that something be- 
sides the occasion is determining the way it is observed* 

How God must be grieved to see celebration obscure 
the event when He gave His Son into the world to be a 
ransom for sinners I Vfe could take much space denouncing 
the heathenish and ungodly practices of the world. 
Christians can well be warned that even in this, "...God 
is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sowetfo, that shall 
he also reap." But perhaps we can more profitably use 
our space to call attention to the momentous event of 
Jesus 1 incarnation, and to urge one and all that, if 
we celebrate, it must be to God and not to the world or 
to our own selfish lusts. 

In studying the Word regarding Jesus 1 birth, we can- 
not miss the love and mercy of God expressed in Jesus. 
Old Testament times were attended by war and violence 
in overcoming the physical forces that opposed Israel 
and barred them from their peace and prosperity. Jus- 
tice was administered on wickedness whether it was 
found in the heathen or lurking within the camp of the 
saints. Many evidences of God's mercy shone even then, 


but now as the day of grace dawis and the "Sun of right- 
eousness arise(s) with healing in his wings ," (Malachi 
4:2) it breaks out in full splendor in view and avail- 
able to all men. 

The song of the angels was of peace and good will 
toward men. The angel told the trembling shepherds, 
"Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great 
joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born 
this day in the city of David a Saviour which is Christ 
the Lord. 11 The controversy the Lord had with His people 
(spoken of by Hosea and Micah) is now to be resolved. 
The "Daysman 11 or Mediator longed for by Job has now 
arrived. "And he shall speak peace unto the heathen," 
as prophesied in Zechariah 9:10. 

Jesus told impatient and indignant James and John, 
"Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the 
Son of man is not come to destroy men T s lives, but to 
save them," (Luke 9:55>56) He also said in John 3:17, 
"For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the 
world; but that the world through him might be saved*" 
Jesus came with an offer of grace, mercy, and salvation* 
Satan has a multitude of tricks to try to obscure this 
purpose of God to save. But God*s love shines through 
to those who will believe. 

It would be incomplete to represent God ! s mercy 
offered in only the birth of Jesus, Peter writes in his 
first epistle (1:3), "Blessed be the God and Father of 
our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant 
mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the 
resurrec tion of Jesus Christ from the dead..." So it 
is by Jesus ! resurrection that we have this lively hope. 
His resurrection was accomplished because He died and 
conquered death. His death was possible because He was 
born a man. (See Hebrews 2:9.) 

Paul writes (I Timothy 1:15), "This is a faithful 
saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus 
came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief," 
Can we miss the grace and mercy and love of God contained 
in this realisation? It should be personal to each one 
of us as it was to Paul. No wonder the angels sang, 


the shepherds rejoiced, the wise men traveled, and 
Simeon and Anna blessed Godl 

May our hearts, too, join in the rejoicing -at the 
birth of the Saviour -who loved us and gave Himself 
for us. 

Precious Saviour, great Redeemer, 
Thou hast blessed my heart today, 
For I know that Thy salvation 
Meets my needs in every way. 

Precious Baby in the mange r^ 
Though the world has missed Thy grace, 
We rejoice at Thine appearing, 
Saviour of our fallen race. 

Heavy burdens Thou hast lifted 
By thine all-sufficient blood; 
1*0 but Thee could stem the rushing 
Of our sorrow, death, sin T s flood. 

Men, rejoice with glad hosannas; 
Prince of Peace has ended strife; 
Controversy, war with Heaven, 
Now gives way to holy life. 

Grace of God; How can I measure 
Jesus' sacrifice for me? 
Celebration? Insufficient 
To express from sin made free. 

Heart l s devotion; nothing smaller 
Can display the thanks we owe. 
Come then, dow to Christ the Saviour; 
£lad thanks — adoration show. 

Bow to Him, the great Creator, 
Shepherd , Pilot, Husband, Friend; 
See in Him. God ! s grace and pardon 
Qf our fears and strifes — the end. 

— L.C. 



Honesty is so important; being honest with everything 
God has spoken. For it is written "...Man shall not 
live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth 
out of the mouth of God." (Matt. 4:4) There are hun- 
dreds of denominations all claiming to be the body of 
Christ on earth, and yet many are totally different In 
faith and practice. It seems each one has its pet doct- 
rines. May we love our God with all our hearts as It is 
commanded (Matt. 22:36-37)* which is the greatest of all 
cammands. If we will love Him with the whole heart we 
cannot fail for He will come in and dwell within us, and 
have fellowship and communion with us, and guide us Into. 
all truth . But when man picks out just a part of God ! s 
word, that he wants or that pleases him, and doesn't 
take the whole of it, he is not loving God with the whole, 
aeart. We will be responsible if we tamper with the 
word of God, "For I testify unto every man that heareth 
the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall 
add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues 
that are written In this book: And if any man shall 
take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, 
God shall take away his part out of the book of .life, 
and out of the holy city, and from the things which are 
written in this book. (Rev. 22:18,19) 

It 1 s so easy to get off balance, to go tc one extreme 
or another. I believe many times when there are differ- 
ences of understanding, when there' is friction between 
people, or groups of believers, neither side is com- 
pletely right. -One side sees a point, they .just know 
isn't right about the other, and the other side sees a 
point they .just know isn't right about their opponent. - 
If we would sit down together in love and humility, and 
reason together with a burning love for the truth, and 
for each other, what progress could be made in God 7 s 
Holy will l It is His truth; it is His church. The 
Holy Spirit's power is lost in churches and people be- 
cause of pride, because of a lack of love for the truth, 
(in reality a love for the Lord.) Lord, help us to be 



"And the second commandment is like unto it 3 Thou 
shalt love thy neighborr'as thyself." (Matt. 22:39) 
This is a big order, and not the example we see in., 
carnal man, where he pushes and shoves and tears down 
to be on top; where "me, mine, and self 11 h&s to be 
first. What an extreme opposite of the example of our 
Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself, who loved us while 
we were yet sinners. Talk about upholding truth, if 
there's any one great truth in the Bible, it's love. 
But true love cares about another just like we care 
about ourselves. If we will be totally honest with 
this command, how lovely we will get along together 1 
How we need each other! How we need correction, if we 
are in error! Also, if we love our neighbor as our- 
selves, we will be concerned about our neighbor's sal- 
vation as our own. Is there a work to do? Yes, I 
believe there's more to be done than i^e can begin to do. 
Men are departing this life all around us without sal- 

"For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we 
thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: 
And that he died for all, that they which live should 
not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which 
died for them, and rose again... Therefore if any man 
be in Christ, he is a new creature? old things are 
passed away; behold, all things are become new. And 
all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself 
by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of 
reconciliation..* Now then we are ambassadors for 
Christ.. » (II Cor. 5:H-20) 

Yes, we should be strangers and pilgrims on earth, 
with our citizenship* in heaven. There is a message to 
be given: that Jesus died and rose again to redeem man, 
to set men free. If we don't give it out, who is sup- 
posed to? We are not to live unto ourselves, but unto 
Him who loved us. We are to be laying up treasures in 
heaven, not on earth. Our pleasure should be to do 
God's Holy will. Jesus said, "Ye cannot serve God and 
mammon." (Matt. 6s 24) Jesus also said that the cares of 

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A Call to Thought Purity -Harold S, Martin 

(sel., by Herman Royer) Aug/Sep & Oct 

Am I Worthy? -W. M. Gass (sel. by Susie Sell) Feb 

And the Fire Shall Try..* -Everett Oyler Apr/May 

Behold What Manner of Love I -Lloyd Wagner Oct 

Breath of Life -Elma Moss Apr/May 

But Whoso Harkeneth Unto Me... -Everett Oyler Feb 
Christ our Law -R, Brinsmead 

(sel. by Kenneth Garber) Jun & Jul 
Contentment (sel, by Bertie Baker) Nov 
Dear Readers -Wade Flora Nov 
Dear Young People -Everett and Nancy Oyler Mar 
Faith -Kenneth Garber Jan- 
Faith -H. Bonar (sel. by Susie Coning) Oct 
For a Man's Life Consisteth Not,,. -Everett Oyler Jul 
Freedom in Christ -James Beery Oct 
Friendship -L.C. Aug/Sep 
God's Deliverance -L.C. Oct 
God's Grace -Kenneth Martin Jan 
God l s Mercy and Grace -L.C. Dec 
God's Representatives -L.C. Feb 
Honesty -Kenneth Garber Lee 
Hope of The Church -Lloyd Wagner Apr/May 
I Will Give Them an Everlasting Name -Ron Cable Feb 
New Life in Christ -Mary E. Lavy Aug/Sep 
Old or Gold? -Linda Frick Mar 
Report of Brazil -Ho Ills Flora Jun 
Some Thoughts on Loving our Brother -Tim Royer Jul 
Suffering Christ -L,C, Mar 
Summer Amusements -E. Wine Jul 
Thanksgiving and Devotion -L.C. Nov 
The Future -L.C. Jan 
The Golden Years (sel. by Susie Coning) Feb 
Today's Christian Battlefields -L.C. Jun 
United Against Sin -L.C. Jul 
Witnesses With Power of the Spirit -L.C. Apr/May 
Who Shall Ascend unto the Hill of the Lord..,? 

-Everett Oyler Nov 



An Evening Prayer -Susan Harper Apr/May 

Be Kind -Linda Wagner Mar 
Calvary and Its Consequences -J. F. Dorsey 

(sel. by Susie Sell) Apr/May 

Bay by Day -Lina Sandell Jan 
Eiiblems of Christ 

(sel. by Emanuel and Catherine Garber Jun 

Glogotha Hill — Calvary Hill -Hollis Flora Mar 
He Live si He Reigns i -Katie V, Hall 

(sel. by Susie Sell) Mar 

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord. -John Wesley Feb 

Holy Spirit, Come -Mrs. C. H. Morris Apr/May 
I Shall Live on in the Lives of My Children 

-G. N. Crowell (sol, by Joe & Elizabeth Royer) Oct 
Jesus, Thy Boundless Love to Me -Paul Gerhardt Aug/Sep 

Lost, but Won (sel, by Susie Wagner) Jun 

Miracles Multiplied -Stanley Brubaker Jul 

On the Cross -Anonymous Mar 

One Step More (sel. by Bertie Baker) Jun 

Perfect Trust (sel. by Susie Wagner) Oct 

Precious Gift -Susan Harper Jul 

Side By Side - Susan Harper Jan 

Thanksgiving -J. I. Cover Nov 

The Star of Bethlehem -J« I* Cover Dec 

Thou Great First Cause (sel by Bertie Baker) Oct 

Where Did She Go? -Susan Harper Nov 

Which? (sel. by Everett Oyler) Jun 

MEDITATIONS by Ernest Wagner 

Death) Communication;* Knowledge & Responsibility Jan 

Forced Service or Free Gift Feb 

Faith j Love j Mercy vs. Judgment Mar 

The Spirit Apr/Mar 

Our Tongues Jun 

Our Brains Jul 

From Dark to Glory Aug/Sep 

The Resurrection Oct 

PIL&ftIM INDEX— 1986 

Harvest Time; Blessings; Thank the Lord 
First Love 




History of the 

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Summary of the 
He Died at His 
Daniel Miller 1 
Selection from 
Selection from 

James -L.C. Jan 

I & II Peter -L.C. Feb 

'! Spistloo of John -L.C. Mar 
,l Judo (Schcff-HGrsog-H'aieyApr/May 
11 Revelation -L.C. Jun 

Inquisition -L.C. Jul 

Post (poem) from Seme Who Led Aug/Sep 
s Dwelling House ^ Life of John Kline Oct 
Life of John Kline , 1842 Nov'' 

Life of John Kline > 1844 E ec 

CHILDREN'S PAGE by Stanley Brubaker 

Forever Jan 

Doing the Chores Feb 

Vigilance Mar 

Sonar for Success Apr/May 

Only a Shell Jun 

Miracles Multiplied Jul 

Order and Organization Aug/Sep 

"Why Can't I Be...?" Oct 

Discerning the Times Nov 

An Appetite for Affection Dec 


Carefulness -L.C. 

Youth Today — Church Tomorrow -Miriam Coning 

Julitta -Roger Berry 

Which? (poem) Sel. by Everett Oyler 

The Power of God -Ina Cover 

The Vows We Made -Miriam Coning 

What Did You Purpose? -Daisy Sue King 

Sel. by Nancy Oyler 
Encouragment in Singing -Rpsanna Cover 







Aaron Beery Jan, 12 

Stephen Beery - Nov. 24, 1985 

Elizabeth Cardosa dos Santos Feb. 16 

Edward Flora Jan, 19 

Kevin Gafber Apr. 6 

Gera.lda Gongalves Jan. 5 

Denita : Huffman Dec. 1, 1985 

Elizabeth Martin Dec, 

Gayle' Miller Nov. 23 

Beth Ann Oyler Aug, 31 

Linda Wagner May 20 


Alexander Lee Bowman Jul, 12 

Abraham Lee Bowser Aug. 19 

Willus Leon Cable Aug. 6 

Charlesta Annette Hilty Nov* 30 

Jonathan Eugene Miller Dec. 4 

Adrian Scott Royer Jul. 18 

Craig Allen Royer Apr. 14 

Honra Leanne Royer May 21 

Jewel Rebekah Royer Jan. 15 

Laura Rose Royer Mar. 27 

Jared Elijah Walker Feb, 9 


Dora Royer Jun 

Nathan Royer Aug/Sep 

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this world and the deceit fulness of riches choke the 
word and we become unfruitful. (Matt. '13:22) 


We . are living in a very materialistic world, but only 
what T s done for Christ will last. This world is going 
to burn up. How foolish to get so involved that there* s 
no time for spiritual things! I believe materialism is 
a threat to Christianity. A common statement is,, "I 
can hardly make ends meet." But who made our ends? I 
firmly believe It's wise to stay uninvolved as much as 
possible. "No man that warreth entangleth himself with 
the affairs of this life; that he may please him who 
hath chosen him to be a soldier." (II Tim. 2:4) Jesus 
became poor for our sakes. Apostle Paul said, "...As 
poor > yet making many rich; as having nothing , and yet 
possessing all things." (il Cor, 6:10) (The true riches) 
Jesus said, "Again the kingdom of heaven is like trea- 
sure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, 
he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all 
that he hath, and buyeth that field. Again, the kind- 
dom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking good- 
ly pearls: Who, when he hath found one pearl of great 
price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it." 
(Matt. 13:44-46) Brethren, this sounds like giving our 
all to the Lord and His kingdom. 

I would like to bring out a small portion of thoughts 
from Antidotes for Apostasy by William McGrath: 

"Because of persecution the church flees to remote 
frontiers to live unto itself. It then forgets its 
mission to go to the lost, and drifts into a more formal 
and outward religion. Having forgotten the original 
spirit and mission of the Church, they concentrate on 
making money more than on making converts, and as wealth 
accumulates, the members judge one another on their 
ability to make money, rather than their Christ-likeness. 
With the increase of wealth comes the increase of lux- 
uries, and the desire to be thought of better status by 
the world." 

By these few thoughts we can see how the Church has 
drifted. It ! s easy and takes no effort for a boat to 

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drift downstream, but it takes effort and diligence to 
go upstream against the current, 

Kerens another thought that T .s worthy of considera- 
tion. Jesus Christ and the early church are our exam- 
ple , our pattern. If we, do not stay with the original 
pattern and follow it, we will drift. It's like making 
many pieces of wood you, want exactly, alike. If you 
make one from a pattern, and then Instead of using the 
original pattern, use the one you made, and keep pat- 
terning off the one you have previously made, after 
awhile, what you are making will be very different from 
the original, n Belo\ r ed, when I gave all diligence to 
write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful 
for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should 
earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered 
unto the saints » u (Jude 3) 

Lord, help us to be faithful 1 

— Continued next Issue 

Kenneth Gar be r 

Twain Harte, California 


In Revelation Jesus faulted some because they had 
left their first love, and He told others to remember 
how they had heard and received, and to repent and. do 
their first works, When we were convicted by our con- 
sciences and found relief in baptism, we loved Jesus for 
His love to us in providing a way for us "to be -forgiven „ 
Following this j there seems to be a danger of settling 
into a complacent or lukewarm condition, and it is neces- 
sary for some severe trial to wake us up and remind us 
how dependent we are on Jesus. When James and John 
asked a favor of Jesus, He reminded them of another 
baptism that He and they needed to have to reach per- 
fection. Peter thought he was ready to go with Jesus; 
but was told he needed to be converted. So we must 
know as long as we are in these mortal bodies, our 

trials are not all over yet. 

— Ernest Wagner 

Modes to. , California 



Wednesday, December 25. Christmas day. Meeting in 
Keagey ! s schoolhouse. Matthew 2 was read. Brother 
Daniel Miller spoke beautifully in the German language 
on the advent of the Lord Jesus,, His main subject was 
the love of the Father, the good will toward men that 
gave the only begotten Son to redeem and save them. 

He said: "The day Is unimportant. We may have 
Christ's birthday correct, or we may not. I am not his- 
torian enough to speak positively on this point. But 
one thing there is upon which I can speak positively; 
and all the enemies of Jesus are unable to wrest the 
conviction of that truth from my heart; and that thing 
is this, that 'God so -loved the world, that he gave his 
only begotten Son, that whosoever belie vet h on him 
should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God 
sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world, 
but that the world through him might be saved. 1 It has 
pleased our heavenly Father to tell us about our , 
Savior's birth; how lowly it was, in a stable; and that 
He was laid In a manger, which means a kind of box from 
which horses take their food; and that a star in the 
east, sometimes called the Star of Bethlehem, guided the 
wise men who came from the east to see the infant 
Jesus, to the place where He lay* Those good men hardly 
knew that this beautiful star was but an emblem of the 
leadings of God : s revealed Truth. But it Is so; for 
all the light of prophecy centered in that star which 
showed the time and place of the birth of the Son of 
God. Some seem to think the star was only a natural 
light, such as natural eyes could see, but I do not 
think so. I rather think it was a heavenly light, and 
that it could be seen only by such as loved the hope of 
our Lord T s coming and were ready to rejoice at His birth? 

"We have the brighter light of His more clearly re- 
vealed Word, by which we are enabled to find, not an in- 
fant Savior grown up to perfect manhood made perfect 
through sufferings ending In His death upon the cross. 


We find Him as the risen and glorified Lord with power 
to save to the uttermost all who come unto God by Him, 
His heavenly truth is to us now and to all who are 
willing to open their eyes and see, as the Sun of 
Righteousness; 'For we are not of the night, nor of 
darkness, but we are all the children of light and the 
children of the day* T Paul here means such as are true 
Christians, I love to preach the Gospel; but I love 
still more to see men and women open their eyes to the 
light of its truth, and their hearts to the warmth of 
its love. In this way they are led to seek the Lord; 
and the promise is, 'Every one that seeketh findeth; 
and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened.' 

"One more thing I must notice. These wise men brought 
gifts to the infant Jesus, I suppose these were the 
first Christmas gifts ever made; and the custom of 
making presents at this time has probably been kept up 
ever since. If presents are made on this day with an 
eye to the gift of God's love, they will be acceptable 
in His eye; but if made lightly 3 simply to comply with 
custom or fashion, they have no promise. 11 

I must yet add this from the brother's beautiful 
discourse* He said, "The greatest of all the Christmas 
gifts that man ever has received, or that even God Him- 
self can bestow, was made on that first Christmas day. 
Some of you may not think as I do about it, but on that 
day God gave to the world His own and only beloved Son, 
and to cy eyes ; , and I hope to the eyes of many of you, 
He is the fairest of all the fair, and the one altogeth- 
er lovely. I lay all the gold, and the frankincense, 
and the myrrh of my heart's best affections as thank 
offerings at His feet on this Christmas day. Brethren, 
God has made His most costly gift to us in the person 
of His Son; should we not be willing to reciprocate 
this gift with the most precious gift we are able to 
offer? And what is the most precious thing in His 
sight that we can give? It Is our love in return for 
His love to us, If we do make this return in fullness 
we place ourselves -in a state of highest blessedness, 
described by John in few words: 'We love Mm because 


he first loved us. T This is a heavenly state, and it 
must be the basis of all the bliss of saints and angels • " 

I wish I had time to give more than this mere out- 
line of the brother 1 s excellent discourse in the German 
language , but I must leave off. We have night meeting 
at Koontz T s where Brother Daniel Miller and I stay all 
night. From Life and Labors of Elder John Kline 

by Benjamin Funk (pp. 177-179) 


We of the Salida Congregation rejoiced much when 
another precious soul, Gayle Miller, was received into 
our fellowship November 23 by a public confession of 
faith in Jesus Christ and holy baptism. May God lead 
her and help her to be faithful all her days. 

Foseph L. Cover 

We of the Goshen Congregation were made to rejoice 
when another precious soul, Elizabeth Martin, was re- 
ceived into our fellowship on December 7 by a public 
confession of faith in Jesus Christ and water baptism. 
May she be faithful in serving our Master. 

— Melvin Coning 


The members of the Old Brethren Church in Brazil have 
agreed to hold a Love feast Meeting in the meeting house 
in Rio Verde on February 22, 1987, "^he Lord willing. 
Any visitors who could make the long trip from the North 
would be made most welcome. May God bless this meeting 
for His glory and the strengthening of His people. 

—Joseph L* Cover 

HILTY - A daughter, Charlesta Annette, born November 30 
to Mervin and Gloria Hilty of New Madison, Ohio. 
MILLER - A son, Jonathan Eugene, born December 4 to Bill 
and Marilyn Miller of Salida, California. 
CORRECTION: Spelling for Ronald Cable's Willus Leon. 



Anyone who has a new puppy knows how hungry it is 
.for affection. And why shouldn^t it be? It has been 
taken away from its brothers, its sisters, and its mother 
to a different house — a house with strange people } 
strange smells, and strange sounds. 

In its newfound -.fear and loneliness , the puppy does 
not like to be left alone; it whimpers and whines and 
wails as if its heart were breaking. It scratches at 
its box, shuffling around in despair as if it were 
left there to die. But then... the noise of a door 
opening I .And, there — there is its new friend ^ the boy 
who bought it, with puppy food and milk and lots of 
love and boyish energy I Look at that pup now I Is this 
the same creature that whined in misery only a moment 
ago? See how it jumps and begs and spins its puppy 
tail in fantastic frenzies of excitement. Its every 
action is shouting "Pick me upl pick me up} Hold me, 
feed me, cuddle me, love me I Why are you so terribly 
slow? Pick me up quickly I My friend! My friend!" 
When a little pup shows us his great hunger for 
attention, he Is just doing what God created him to 
do. Many other animals, including most mammals, show 
an appetite for affection which can only be satisfied 
by a loving, caring, serving response from a trusted 
friend. If dumb animals — creatures without wisdom or 
soul — need such affection, how much more do we. God 
has made us so that we both need and can give to others 
an unselfish affection, a heartfelt compassion, a 
free forgiveness, a tender pity. May we share God T s 
great and precious love unselfishly with others. 

i — Stanley K. Brubaker 

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